Topic: Mark Wilmot Rowe (1893-1918)

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Corporal Mark Wilmot Rowe was killed in action during the Second Battle of the Somme in France on 27 March 1918. He was aged 24. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Mark Wilmot Rowe was born in Thames, New Zealand, on 7 May 1893 (reg. 1893/108). His parents were William John and Catherine Row (nee Kneebone) who married in Thames on 23 July 1879 (reg. 1879/1773).

Mark was a member of the Tauranga Rifle Club as well as being a cricketer and footballer. He worked as a farmer at Wairoa.

On 25 August 1915 Mark enlisted to fight during World War I, serving with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, 1st Battalion (Service No. 6/3449). Two months later, on 23 October 1915, he was admitted to hospital suffering from influenza. By 9 January 1916 Mark was able to rejoin his battalion. They embarked for France on 16 April 1916.

Mark was wounded in the field on 8 July 1916, suffering an injury to his back. He rejoined his unit on 15 July.

In February 1917 Mark was suffering from mumps and by May 1917 severe typhoid. He recovered and was able to rejoin his battalion once again on 3 June 1917.

Just a month later,  on 8 July 1917, he was wounded in action. Mark was promoted to Corporal on 5 October 1917.

On 18 January 1918 Mark was in London suffering injured fingers.

Corporal Mark Wilmot Rowe was killed in action during the Second Battle of the Somme in France on 27 March 1918. He was aged 24. Mark was buried on the Beaumont-Hamel front. He is remembered on the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Mark Wilmot Rowe (1893-1918)

Mark's parents were both buried in the Tauranga Methodist Cemetery.



Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Mark Wilmot Rowe (1893-1918)

Note:Service Number: 6/3449
First Names:Mark Wilmot
Last Name:Rowe
Date of Birth:7 May 1893
Place of Birth:Thames
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 March 1918
Place of death:Somme, Northern France, France
Place of burial:Beaumont-Hamel Front, France
Fathers name:William John Rowe
Fathers date of birth:24 March 1850
Fathers place of birth:Roscommon St Just, Penwith, Cornwall, England
Fathers date of death:8 December 1922
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Catherine Kneebone
Mothers date of birth:5 March 1861
Mothers place of birth:Pontsmill, Luxulyan, Cornwall, England
Mothers date of death:20 April 1935
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)

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