Giles Victor ROWLES

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ROWLES, Giles Victor

Service Number: 1402
Enlisted: 15 October 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hollinfare, Cheshire, England, 1 March 1896
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Hollinfare Church School
Occupation: Shipping clerk/Sailor
Died: Died of Wounds, Gallipoli, 10 August 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea, 2 miles off Mudros harbour
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

15 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, 14th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (multiple)
10 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1402, 14th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

Did Anyone Know (Giles) Victor Rowles, 14th Battalion AIF, Private no 1420

There are mysteries here. How did my 18-year old English great uncle come to enlist with the 14th Battalion AIF in October 1914? His records say he was a sailor. But the last record of him on English soil is in 1911, when he is living with an aunt in Cardiff, and working at a shipping brokers as a junior clerk. He is fifteen years old, and both his parents are dead. When he appears again in the military records he has changed his name.

I have been searching for more information about him, and especially during the time from his enlistment in October 1914, to his death at Gallipoli in August 1915.

http://tishfarrell.com/2014/08/08/did-anyone-know-private-victor-rowles-1896-1915/

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Biography

My Great Uncle Giles (Victor) Rowles left little trace of himself on this earth. There is only this childhood photograph inside my great grandmother’s locket. For one thing he lived so briefly. Nineteen years. For another, he does not even have a grave. He was dropped from a hospital ship into the Mediterranean, two miles east of Mudros Harbour off the island of Lemnos. This happened around 10pm on the 10th August 1915 two days after admission. I know this only from the First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) records that the Australian National Archives have posted on the internet. I thank them for their dedication and care in making these records so freely available... READ  MORE  HERE (tishfarrell.com)

Hometown:  Cardiff,  Wales  

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