Rowland John (Rowley) JONES

JONES, Rowland John

Service Number: 6760
Enlisted: 16 September 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Milawa, Victoria, 1893
Home Town: Moyhu, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Moyhu, Victoria, 1987
Cemetery: Milawa Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6760, Melbourne, Victoria
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6760, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6760, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
13 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6760, 5th Infantry Battalion

The valiant know

In what many literary critics consider to be Australia’s rival to Erich Maria Lemarque’s “All quite on the Western Front”, Frederic Manning paraphrased William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act II, Scene II for the title of his book (see below), “The middle parts of fortune (1929).” In many ways, the book and its title summarise the significant contribution made by privates such as Rowley Jones and all the rest who fought valiantly but were never singled out for distinction. The satisfactory completion of WWI from the Allies perspective would not have been possible without their roles both during the war and their enduring of the consequences of that contribution after the war was finished.

William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, (Act II, Scene II).
Hamlet: My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah, Rosencrantz! Good lads, how do you both? Rosencrantz: As the indifferent children of the earth. Guildenstern: Happy, in that we are not overhappy. On Fortune’s cap we are not the very button. Hamlet: Nor the soles of her shoes? Rosencrantz: Neither, my lord. Hamlet: Then you live about her waist, or in the middle of her favors? Guildenstern: Faith, her privates we. Hamlet: In the secret parts of Fortune? Oh, most true. She is a strumpet. What news? Rosencrantz: None, my lord, but that the world’s grown honest. Hamlet: Then is doomsday near?…..

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Rowley Jones (Rowland John Jones, Pte. 5th Battalion, 1893-1987) was a respected senior gentleman of the district when I was a child.  He was married after the war but was never able to have children.  His nephew David Jones now owns his property "Gumdale" which is near the corner of Boggy Creek Rd and Top Plain Rd.  Before Rowley died, my father David Evans, collected some reminiscences from Rowley that reside in the Evans family archives, Redcamp, Moyhu.  One particular memory from WWI was that he saw my great uncle, Capt Gerald Evans MC, MiD (8th Battalion) wounded on the Menin Rd, Belgium on 20th September 1917.  His WWI diary was transcribed by Bronwyn Couzens in 2010.  A few pages of this transcript are attached to this memorial post.