1885 Apr 8. Born Fulham, England
1901 census at 9, Cortayne Road, Fulham
1905 Jan 6. Enlisted in RN but bought himself out 6 weeks later
1910 census at 8, Blake Road, Fulham
1911 census a Private in 3rd Kings Own Hussars, at Roberts Heights, Pretoria, South Africa.
1914 Aug 15 Landed in France
1917 Jan 20. Commissioned
1917 Jan 10. The undermentioned Wt. and N.C.Os. to be 2nd Lts. for service in the Field: Yorks. L.I.— Lce.-Corpl. William Dowland, from 3rd Hrs.
1917 Apr/Jun. Marries in Fulham to Emily H Lawrence
1917 Aug 14 Gazetted MC. 2nd Lt. William Dowland, York. L.I. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack he showed great initiative and courage in leading his men against a party of the enemy who had entered our front line, killing some and ejecting the remainder. He greatly encouraged the men during a heavy bombardment by his coolness and disregard of his personal safety
1918 Jul 10. 2nd Lt to be Lt. Yorks. L.I. W. Dowland, M.C.
1919 Served in Afghanistan. During World War One, the British had to keep a force of British and Indian units on the North-West Frontier to maintain peace amongst the various tribes. The collapse of Russia and the emergence of Bolshevism in Russia led to a substantial intervention in Afghanistan in 1919 to secure the Indian sub-continent. British and Indian units took part in this operation. His MIC indicates that he was there.
1920 Feb 17. Yorks. .L.I.—Lt. W. Dowland, M.C., retires, receiving a gratuity.
1920 Oct 18. Joined ADRIC with service no 744. Posted G Coy in Clare
1920 Nov 8 Promoted Section Leader
1921 Feb 18 Promoted Platoon Commander and Hon DI3
1921 Apr 19 Reverted to T/Cadet and relinquished the appointment of CQM
Fined £2 by Company Commander
1922 Jan 19 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1922 Jun 21. Takes out a seaman's card as a steward. Only appears to have one sailing, to New York
1935 Apr 27. K.O.Y.L.I.—Lt. W. Dowland, M.C., having attained the age limit of liability to recall, ceases to belong to the Res. of Off.
1948 Died Chelmsford, Essex age 63