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« on: February 06, 2015, 10:24:07 AM »

The visit of the 2nd Queen's Own Rifles of Canada to Aldershot in 1910 was marred by the death of Lieutenant Roy Maurice Gzowski, who passed away in the local Cambridge Hospital. When he was buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery, the Officers of Aldershot Command agreed to provide a memorial to the young man - the result was, and still is, one of the most eyecatching monuments in this Cemetery.

Extensive details on the memorial, if not the man, can be found at http://www.qor.com/files/repository/Lt-Gzowski-Memorial.pdf

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2015, 18:37:41 PM »

He was a son of Sir Casimir Gzowski — a renowned engineer who built the first steel bridge across the Niagara gorge.
That probably accounts for the rather grandiose monument!
see: http://www.archdenmort.org/sitemaker/memsol_data/1496/681350/docs/2115_MarthaLaGuardiaSirKazimierzStanislausGzowski2.pdf

I wonder if this lad might also be related?
GZOWSKI, NORMAN GLYN. Rank: Flying Officer. Service No: J/25335. Date of Death: 23/01/1944. Age: 24.
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 518 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 246. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL.
Additional Information: Son of Norman G. and Marguerite Gzowski, of Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 18:56:42 PM »

Gloucestershire Echo - Saturday 01 October 1910

CANADIAN OFFICER'S FUNERAL.

The funeral of Lieut. Roy Gzowski, of the Queen’s Own (Canadian) Rifles, who died in hospital from pneumonia following typhoid fever, took place at Aldershot on Friday, and was attended by detachments from every regiment in the garrison. The Buffs, to whom the Canadians were attached during their stay in England, furnished the firing party, and the pipers of the Cameron Highlanders played the weird lament "The Flowers of the Forest." The coffin, covered with wreaths, was borne on a gun-carriage drawn by six horses of the Royal Horse Artillery. Several thousands of people watched the passage of the funeral procession.
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