William Henry ROWE

ROWE, William Henry

Service Number: 1764
Enlisted: 3 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Quorn, South Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fireman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 March 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Warlencourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Quorn District Roll of Honor WW1 Board, Quorn Roll of Honor, Quorn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1764, 27th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 1764, 27th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 1764, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Eliza Rowe

William Henry Rowe was born in Quorn, South Australia. He was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Rowe and brother of John James Rowe who also went to World War One. Private William Rowe lived in Quorn for most of his childhood and then moved to Hilton with his daughter and wife.

William worked as a fireman for some years in Quorn before he started working on the Australian railways in Quorn, Petersburg (now known as Peterborough), and Mile End.

Private Rowe was of average height with a stocky build. William also had a dark complexion and brown hair.

When William went to war his next of kin was his mother Mary Rowe.

William Henry Rowe enlisted on the 3rd May, 1915, at Keswick Adelaide, South Australia. He embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on the 23rd of June, 1915. He was a Private in the 27th Infantry Battalion. The Battalion left Australia in June 1915, and, after two months training in Egypt, they landed at Gallipoli on the 12th of September, 1915.

Whilst William was at war, he spent a lot of his time in hospital with synovitis in the knee and an ingrown toenail. 

William Henry Rowe was killed in action on the 2nd of March, 1917. He is buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery (Plot VI, Row H, Grave No. 31), France.

William was a widower when he died and he left behind a daughter.

William was awarded several medals for serving in World War One. They were The Star 1914-15, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.



Services League of Australia SA Branch. William Henry Rowe. Available: https://sarcib.ww1.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/soldier/john-darrell-coleman-cope#https://sarcib.ww1.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/soldier_portrait/SRSA_GRG26_5_4_1720_Cope_JDC_crop.jpg. Last accessed 23rd July 2018.

National Library of Australia. THE LATE PRIVATE W. H. ROWE Available: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/87439246?searchTerm=William%20Henry%20Rowe%20Quorn%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&searchLimits. Last accessed 21st July 2018.

B2455, ROWE WILLIAM HENRY. Available: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=8072162&isAv=N. Last accessed 19th July 2018.