Andrew Percival ROWAN

ROWAN, Andrew Percival

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 October 1914, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 March 1876
Home Town: Merredin, Merredin, Western Australia
Schooling: Queens College & Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli
Memorials: Kings Park 10th Light Horse Regiment Memorial WA, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll, Merredin War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1901: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles, The Boer Offensive


14 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Perth, Western Australia

World War 1 Service

17 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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17 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Surada, Fremantle
7 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 10th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 10 Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Captain awm_died_date: 1915-08-07

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

ANDREW PERCIVAL ROWAN who was killed in action on 7th August 1915 was the son of the late Mr. Andrew Rowan. He was born in 1876 and entered the School in 1893, leaving at the end of the next year. He was in the football team.

He saw service in the South African War, holding a commission as Lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Regiment, and was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps.

He was farming with his brother at Nungarrin (W.A.), in 1914, and when war broke out enlisted in the 10th Light Horse Regiment and was appointed Lieutenant.

He was killed in the famous Light Horse charge on 7th August 1915,
having been on 1st August appointed temporary Captain.



"...Lieutenant Andrew Percival Rowan, 10th Light Horse Regiment (LHR). A grazier from Merredin, WA, at the time of enlistment, he embarked from Fremantle aboard HMAT Surada (A52) on 17 February 1915. Lt Rowan was promoted to Captain (Capt) after recovering from a minor head injury in June 1915. Capt Rowan, aged 39, was killed in action on 7 August 1915, whilst leading the charge at Walker's Ridge." - SOURCE (


(killed in action) was the son of the late Mr. Andrew Rowan, a leading Melbourne citizen for many years. He was educated at Queen's College, St Kilda, and at the Melbourne Grammar School. He saw service in the South African war, having served as lieutenant with the Australian forces. For his conduct during that campaign he was awarded the Queen's medal, with three clasps. Subsequent to the war, he was for a period lieutenant in the Australian Field Artillery, but was placed on the reserve list of officers in 1910. He then proceeded to Western Australia, where he followed farming pursuits at Nungarrin. At the outbreak of war he immediately offered his services, and had no difficulty in securing a commission with the Western Australia Light Horse. The deceased officer, who was 39 years of age, was well and favourably known in Melbourne, being of magnificent physique, and of sterling qualities." - from the Melbourne Argus 25 Aug 1915 (