Rowe, Roy, MSM (Warrant Officer Class 1, b.1895 - d.1973)

Accession Number PR04297
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 3 cms
Object type Papers, Diary
Maker Rowe, Roy
Place made At sea, Australia, Egypt, Greece: Aegean Islands, Lemnos, Greece: Aegean Islands, Lemnos, Mudros, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles
Date made 1914-2005
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital and 14 Australian General Hospital. A cabinetmaker with service in the Citizen's Military Forces (CMF), Rowe enlisted as a Sergeant on 10 September 1914. He embarked with the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital unit aboard HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 14 December 1914 and was transferred to the 15th Stationary Hospital unit on 2 August 1915. Rowe was promoted several times during his service, first to Staff Sergeant on 17 November 1916 and then to WO on 22 January 1917. On 2 August 1917 WO Rowe transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital and returned to Australia on 15 November 1918. He received the Meritorious Service Medal on 29 November 1919. Rowe survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.

Collection consists of:
1. A 1915 diary covering Rowe's time at sea, training in Egypt, and service on Gallipoli in various hospital ships. The diary entries run from January to July with a gap until December. A few poems are also included.
2. Published handbook - 'The Nurses' "Enquire Within": a pocket encyclopaedia of diseases their symptoms, nursing treatment and much other valuable information' by E M Clarke.
3. Self-published compilation of the diary and other writings of Rowe, annotated by his son Ross F Rowe, Canberra ACT, June 2005.
4. Various passes (3) relating to travel and leave.
5. A copy of the 'Peninsula Press', No. 86, Monday 1st November 1915.
6. A letter from Douglas A Thorn, No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, to Mr Rowe, dated 2 August 1917.
7. Programme of initial grand concert given by the Australian Imperial Force Medical Corps in Pathe's Cinema Theatre, Port Said, Tuesday 12th September 1916.
8. Typed 3 paged list of 'original unit of No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital embarked 14/12/1914', used in connection with organising a reunion dinner in January 1938, in Perth. Contains address.
9. Black and white photograph of guest attending a reunion dinner for the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, January 1938, in Perth. The photo is within a enclosure with names on the outside.