Born: 1868, Liverpool, Lancashire.

Baptised: 23rd February 1868, at St. Anne’s Church, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire. Parents: Amelia & Kenneth MacKenzie Dowie, a Merchant, of Fulwood Park.

Died: 20th December 1901; age: 33; Died at Kroonstad Hospital, from gun shot wounds to the abdomen, received at Vredeport on the 17th December 1901.

Residence: Crescent Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.


Held a Commission as Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

Gazetted to the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment in January 1900.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Suffolk Battalion, 3rd Battalion, Mounted Infantry.




1871   Fulwood Park, Toxteth Park, Liverpoll, Lancashire.


Ronald was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Kenneth MacKenzie Dowie, 37, a General Merchant, born Liverpool.

Amelia Valentine Dowie (nee Hagart), born Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Amelia Constance Maud MacKenzie Dowie, 10, born Liverpool.

Henry Cecil MacKenzie Dowie, 6, born Liverpool.

James Evelyn MacKenzie Dowie, 4, born Liverpool.

Adeline Mary Dowie, 1, born Liverpool.

1 house maid.

1 nurse.

1 under nurse.

1 kitchen maid.

1 cook.

1 waitress.


1881   North Grove House, Grove Road North, Portsea, Hampshire.


Ronald was 13 years old, a scholar and boarder at the small private school. Schoolmaster, and Teacher of Languages – 43 year old, Justus Dickinson Alencon.


1891   Barracks, Depot Suffolk Regiment, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Ronald was 23 years old, an officer ranked Lieutenant for the Suffolk Regiment – Infantry.


1901   Barracks, Fort Albert, St. Anne, Alderney, Channel Islands.


Ronald was 33 years old, a Steamship Manager. He was ranked a Captain for the Suffolk Regiment.


Probate to Kenneth MacKenzie Dowie – father, a Merchant & Ship Owner.


On the afternoon of Wednesday, 17th October 1900, Ronald acted as Best Man at the wedding solemnised at St. Mary’s Church, Dover, Kent, of Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick William Scudamore, of the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, of Chelsworth Hall, Suffolk, and Miss Cara Helen Moore, eldest daughter of Colonel Francis Moore, late Royal Munster Fusiliers, of 20, Waterloo Crescent, Dover.

Ronald’s gift to the couple was silver powder and patch boxes.


Dundee Evening Telegraph – 1st January 1902


Captain Ronald M’Kenzie Dowie, who has died from the effects of a gunshot wound received at Vredefort, South Africa, on the 17th inst., was the youngest son of Kenneth M’Kenzie Dowie of Kingston Hill, Surrey. On the outbreak of the war Captain Dowie volunteered for active service, but was not immediately sent abroad. His regiment – the 3rd Suffolk Militia was, however, ordered to the Channel Islands, where it remained until a few days ago. On the formation of a Mounted Infantry Corps at Colchester for service in South Africa Captain Dowie was offered and accepted the command. He sailed from Southampton in the Custodian about three months ago, and was fatally wounded in his first engagement. He was a most popular officer, and much beloved by all who knew him.


The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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