Thomas Mountford ROWLEY

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ROWLEY, Thomas Mountford

Service Number: 1726
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Redfern, NSW, 1892
Home Town: Wahroonga, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Croydon Public School
Occupation: Caprenter
Died: Died of disease, Bapaume, Somme Sector, France, 16 March 1917
Cemetery: Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban
K 38
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wahroonga St Andrew's Anglican Church WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1726, 55th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1726, 55th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Thomas Mountford Rowley the son of Reuben Thomas Rowley and Winifred Rowley of Lochville Street, Wahroonga, was born at Redfern. Information given to the Australian War Memorial shows that he had been educated at the Croydon Public School and that, although he had trained as a carpenter, his occupation on enlistment was that of Station Hand.
He was wounded at Bapaume. He was buried in the Bernafy Wood British Cemetery, Montauben, Somme, France, grave K.38. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that the cemetery was begun by a Dressing Station in August 1916 and used as a frontline cemetery until the following April. It contained at the Armistice 284 graves and it was then increased by the concentration of graves from Benafy Wood North Cemetery and from the battlefields immediately east of the Wood.
On the Wahroonga War Memorial he is shown as having enlisted in 1915. His name also appears on the Honour Roll of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Wahroonga.

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