Richard Cowie was an Army Chaplain in
World War I stationed in the Middle East. He was with General
Allenby´s forces in Palestine in 1917 and 1918.
After the defeat of the Turks there
was a great shortage of food among the people. A man who was
begging bread for his family was befriended by Richard Cowie,
and the man insisted on [gifting him] his crucifix. This was
probably in early 1918.