Rowland is remembered on the war memorial at Ipswich Museum Street Methodist Church.


Born: 1883, Battersea, Surrey.

Died: 25th March 1918; age 35; MPK at Bapaume.

Reported missing on the 25th March 1918.

Residence: 793, High Road, Tottenham, Middlesex.

Date of Entry Therein: 5th November 1914 – Egypt.


Commission 24th February 1916 to the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, of the Seaforth Highlanders.


Rank: Lieutenant.

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders, 6th (Morayshire) Battalion.

Formerly Private, 1709 of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, Dragoons – later promoted to Corporal.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British and 1915 Star + Military Cross – 30th July 1917 – 2nd Lieutenant – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was sent out on a reconnaissance under heavy fire. Finding the attacking troops without an officer he took command and directed their fire with good effort. Later, he returned with an accurate report of the situation.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 8.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Eleanor A. Rees, of 55, Cricklade Avenue, Streatham Hill, London, and the late Rev. Allen Rees.




1891   Ashworth House, Haworth, Yorkshire.


Rowland was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings

Allen Rees, 46, a Wesleyan Minister – own account, born Hong Kong, China.

Eleanor Ann Rees (nee Abbott), 36, born London.

Allan Rees, 15, born Willesden, Middlesex.

Philip Rees, 14, born Northampton, Northamptonshire.

Constance Rees, 12, born Canning Town, Essex.

Beatrice Rees, 11, born Canning Town.

Winifred Rees, 10, born Battersea, Surrey.

Eleanor Ann Rees, 6, born Bowden, Cheshire.

1 Governess.

1 general domestic servant.


1901   68, Cambridge Street, St. George Hanover Square, London.


Rowland was 18 years old, an Apprentice Electrical Engineer. He was living with his mother, siblings and maternal cousin.

Eleanor, 46.

Philip, 23, a Medical Student.

Constance, 22.

Beatrice, 21, a Civil Service Clerk.

Winifred, 20.

Eleanor, 16.

Gwendolen Rees, 7, born Finsbury, London.

Harold Ray Abbott, 5, born Ilford, Essex.

1 general domestic servant.


In 1911, Rowland’s 55 year old father, Allen, a Wesleyan Minister – own account, was a visitor at Penn House, Yeovil, Somerset, the home of 49 year old, widow, Annie Bradford Bradford and her family.


Rowland is recorded in the UK, Electrical Engineer Membership List book. In his admission year 1903 he was residing at Holmwood, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea, Surrey. He was listed in 1905 – 1907, and was residing at 57, Church Road, Richmond, Surrey.


Rowland’s father, Allen Rees died October 1914, Ipswich, of 52, Chevalier Street, Ipswich. Allen became a Methodist Minister in 1867. In 1910, he was appointed Minister at Ipswich Museum Street Methodist Church.

Rowland’s brother Philip B.A. B.Sc. also became a Medical Missionary for the Methodist church.


Rowland’s medals were sent to his mother at home at 55, Cricklade Avenue, Streatham Hill, London


Probate to Eleanor Ann Rees – mother.


Rowland is remembered on his father’s headstone at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

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