Second Lieutenant John MacLellan Mowat, Royal Flying Corps and North Staffordshire Regiment, born on 14 March 1896 at Busby, Lanarkshire, was the son of Joseph Gunn Mowat, a Flour Merchant, and Catherine Knight Mowat (nee MacLellan), of Branxton, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire.
John was educated at the Greenock Collegiate School and Bootham School, in York. While at school he received high praise, and was said to be ‘a great favourite of all who knew him’. John became an agricultural student at the West of Scotland College.
He first joined the University’s Officer Training Corps in 1915, before being gazetted Second Lieutenant to the North Staffordshire Regiment on the 29th April 1915 and served on home duty until October 1916 when he joined the Royal Flying Corps.
Second Lieutenant John MacLellan Mowat died on 5 January 1917, age 20, in a flying accident at Cramlington, just north of the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. He is buried at Kilmacolm Cemetery in Renfrewshire. His funeral gathered a large crowd and the local shops closed for the occasion.