Albert Ross ROWNEY


ROWNEY, Albert Ross

Service Numbers: 2778, 2778B
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Campbelltown, South Australia, 25 November 1893
Home Town: Campbelltown, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Campbelltown Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Celtic Wood, Belgium, 8 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Campbelltown WW1 Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2778, Adelaide, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2778, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2778, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
28 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion
6 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2778, 10th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), Shell wound (legs)
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2778B, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood


Albert Ross Rowney Reg. No. 2778. Is the son of Edward Rowney and Anne nee Casson, of Main Road Campbelltown, South Australia. He was born on the 25th of November 1893 at Campbelltown, one of ten children. His employment was listed as Carpenter.
He enlisted in the 10th Australian Infantry Brigade, on the 1st September 1915, and sailed from Adelaide on the 27th of October 1915 on HMAT Benalla A24. Before being sent to Belgium, he had been serving in Egypt and France. On 6th of May 1916 he was wounded in action in France, with wounds to both legs. On the 28th of June he rejoined his unit. Whilst in a trench with two others, in Belgium, on Westhoek Ridge, it was hit by a shell. He suffered another leg wound and a broken arm. He asked a stretcher bearer to help the other two in the trench and set off to walk 2 miles to the nearest casualty station. That was on 8th of October 1917. He was not seen again and his body was never found. It was stated that the road he was on, was often heavily shelled. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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