Sergeant

Henry John Rowe

Secondary Memorial: 
Matakana War Memorial
Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Rowe, of Lower Matakana, Auckland.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
Relatives Who Are Also Casualties:
NZ WAR GRAVES
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Henry John Rowe was born 25th September 1894 on the family farm on the banks of the Kopuaranga River, Hastwell, Manawatu. He was the 11th and youngest child of Charles & Ann Rowe who farmed in Hastwell from the mid 1880’s until 1911. After which they sold and purchased a farm in lower Matakana, opposite the Shark Factory. Henry John moved onto the farm with his parents who lived there until the 1920s when they retired to Auckland. In mid-1914 Henry was living in Devonport with his married sister Mrs Margaret Clara Spinley when on the 11th of August, a month before his 20th birthday, he enlisted with the NZ Army. Within days he was part of the approximately 1400 NZ soldiers of the Samoan expeditionary force who on the 29th of August 1914 marched though the streets of Samoa to annex German Samoa. After spending seven months there he returned and in August 1915 was shipped off to Egypt then onto Gallipoli. Surviving Gallipoli, he arrived on the battlefields of the Somme in April 1916 and was soon wounded. However, he was fit enough to rejoin his unit ten days later. For the next 12 months he fought on the Western Front, with a promotion to Sergeant in April 1917. However on 7th June 1917, he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Messines Ridge, a three-day battle in which the New Zealand Division suffered 3700 casualties, including 700 dead. Henry still lies on that battlefield, his grave known only unto God. His older brother Rifleman William Charles Rowe of the Wellington Infantry Regiment was also killed in action on the 17th of October and also lies on a French battlefield. Sergeant Henry John Rowe is remembered on the Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing in Belgium; the Devonport War Memorial and the Matakana War Memorial. Lest we forget. ... Read More

Henry Rowe was my Grandfather's (George McLaren) sergeant ... and they were good friends. Here is a photo of Sgt Rowe along with my Grandfather who was a corporal at the time. He was promoted to sergeant from corporal after the death of Henry. Henry was killed during the Battle of Messines Ridge. Interesting that my Grandad's diary describes how Henry was killed .... but there is no grave for Henry. Interesting. RIP Henry Rowe and George McLaren ... Read More

Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
12/2559
Name:
Henry John Rowe
Rank: 
Sergeant
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
C.W. Rowe (father), Lower Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: 
Single
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
Lower Matakana, New Zealand
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
NZEF, Auckland Regiment, 1 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
07 June 1917
Day of Death:
Thursday
Age at Death: 
21
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Bodies of Embarkation:

Samoan Advance Party
5th Reinforcements
Places of Embarkation:

Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:

HMNZT 1
HMNZT 2
HMNZT 24
HMNZT 25
HMNZT 26
Vessels:

Moeraki or Monowai
Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Destinations:

Apia, Samoa
Suez, Egypt (24 July - 6 August 1915)

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Location: 
Belgium
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