Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Captain Angus Frederic Galloway, who was killed in action on 31 May 1940, aged 25,  while serving in Belgium with the Royal Engineers. He is buried in De Panne Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Note that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record shows his rank as Captain while the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the newspaper articles below show his rank as Lieutenant.

Here are the local Cowichan Leader newspaper reports of the death of Angus Frederic Galloway:

“Lieut. Galloway Dies In Action; Splendid Record

Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Galloway, Gibbins Road, received word yesterday that their elder son, Lt. Angus Fred Galloway, Royal Engineers, 59th Field Co., was killed on Friday at Le Panne [Belgium].

Lt. Galloway, the first Cowichan man definitely reported to have been killed in the present war, made a brilliant record at the Royal Military College, Kingston. He finished first in the graduating class of 1936 and had highest marks for the four year term, winning the Governor-General’s medal and other awards. After two years further training at Cambridge, he entered the Royal Engineers. He was home last year on leave.

Besides his mother and father, he is mourned by two sisters and a brother: Mrs. Patrick Ellis, Princeton; Miss Anne Galloway, Stirling Creek, B.C.; and Mr. John Galloway, Duncan.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 6 June 1940, in Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

“Lt. Angus Galloway

“…..son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Galloway, Gibbins Road, whose death in action with the Royal Engineers near Dunkirque [Dunkirk] was reported last week. He was born on September 29, 1914 at Kasauli, a hill station in the Himalayas, where his father was serving with the Indian Police. His education began at Aberdeen Grammar School and was followed by a year in London. On coming to Canada he attended school at North Vancouver and at Courtenay. He took his senior matriculation at Courtenay and, after a year at Duncan, went to the Royal Military College, Kingston. He was a brilliant and popular student all through his school days and, in addition to winning the Governor-General’s and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario’s medals at Kingston, he was first place at Chatham, the Royal Engineers” headquarters in England and was awarded the Fowke Memorial Medal.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 13 June 1940, in Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows Captain Angus Frederic Galloway as “Son of Frederic W. and Edith A. Galloway, of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. B.A., Hons. (Cantab.). Awarded the Governor-General’s and the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario’s Medal at the R.M.C., Kingston. Also awarded the Fowke Memorial Medal (Chatham).”

Here are links to additional information about Captain Angus Frederic Galloway:

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