1885 Born Scotland. (RIC records)
1914 Dec 15. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh) — The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants: — John Fowler.
1914 Dec 17. Royal Scots. 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh)— The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants : — John Fowler.
1915 Jan 14. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh]— The undermentioned temporary Lieutenants to be temporary Captains: — John Fowler
1916 Mar 23 Landed in France
1919 Jul 1. The undermentioned appts. are made: — A.G.S AND Q.M.G.'S STAFF. , Empld. under Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries (CL CC).—Temp. Capt.J. Fowler, Serv. Bn., R. Scots.
1920 Apr 18. Service Battalions . R. Scots. Temp. Capt. J. Fowler relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and retains the rank of Capt.
1920 Aug 6 Joined ADRIC with service no 120. Posted to Depot Coy
1920 Sep 8. Promoted Platoon Commander. He may have been an IO but the entry is too difficult to be sure, and if it were, it was only for 4 days between his elevation to DI3 and his resignation.
1920 Sep 12. Resigned ADRIC "urgent private affair"