THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
REID Hector Gowans
Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, temp Lieutenant Colonel, Army Service Corps att New Zealand Army Service Corps

CITATION
Companion of the Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Gazetted 1 january 1919, p4
For services rendered in connection with military operations in France and Flanders

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Gazetted

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 4 June 1917, p5473
This officer has shown great ability in the reorganisation of the New Zealand Division prior to its arrival in France and in all the moves consignment on its transfer from the MEF.  His work in France has been most satisfactory.  His administrative ability and unfailing attention to work are such as to merit signal recognition.  His work on the Somme at the end of September and during October left nothing to be desired, and during the winter months his attention to administrative details within the Division has contributed in a  marked degree to the comfort, well being and health of the men.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 January 1916, p1207
In connection with operations described in General Ian Hamilton's despatch dated 11 Devember 1915.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 2 May 1916

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 12 July 1916, p6943
For distinguished and gallant service rendered during the period of General Sir C. Munro's command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p201
This officer has shown great ability in the reorganisation of the New Zealand Division prior to its arrival in France and in all the moves consignment on its transfer from the MEF.  His work in France has been most satisfactory.  His administrative ability and unfailing attention to work are such as to merit signal recognition.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 15 May 1917, p4751
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.  Field Marshall D. Haig, Commander-in-Chief the British Armies in France, despatch of 9 April 1917.

AWARDS
Companion of the Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (5)
General Service Medal 1918
       Iraq, Mention in Despatches
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Medaille du Roy Albert (Belgium)
Order of St Anne, class 2 with Swords (Russia)

NOTES
Born 6 June 1881, Toronto, Canada
Died 7 March 1966, St Lucia, West Indies