Biography

Birth date: 1895
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Newstead
Death date: 16 November 1973
Final rank: Warrant Officer Class 1
Service number: 1260 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • No. 2 Australian Stationary Hospital
  • Australian Army Medical Corps

Roy Rowe was born in 1895 at Newstead, Victoria. Rowe enlisted as a Sergeant with the Australian Imperial Force on 10 September 1914. He had previous experience in the Cadets and the Citizen's Military Forces. Rowe embarked on 14 December 1914, aboard HMAT Kyarra with the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital. After arriving in Egypt, he was transferred to the 15th Stationary Hospital and after several months of training arrived in Lemnos harbour. He landed at Gallipoli a few days later.

Although disappointed not to be involved in the early stages of the Gallipoli campaign, Rowe began to see the devastation first hand, working with other members of the Medical Corps aboard a number of hospital ships. In late 1915 Rowe was taken to Mudros suffering from jaundice. He re-joined his unit, the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, in Egypt in early 1916 serving in the Port Said area. In January 1917 he was promoted to warrant officer. He returned to Australia during November 1918. In 1919, Roy Rowe was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his devotion to duty. After the war, he returned to Perth and completed his apprenticeship in cabinet making.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 14 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Honours and Awards : Meritorious Service Medal

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P09445

Brown covered photograph album of 305 photographs (200) and postcards relating to the service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, who enlisted and served with 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital (2 ASH) and 14th Australian General Hosptial (14 AGH) in the First World War, primarily in...

P09445

P09445.004

Informal portrait of 1260 Warrant Officer (WO) Roy Rowe of Newstead, Victoria, in front of a tent and what appears to be a chapel. 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...

P09445.004

Private Record

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

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... Maker: Rowe, Roy

PR04297 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary for Roy Rowe, 1915-1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and 14th Australian General Hospital. The diary was written by Roy Rowe between 1 January 1915 and January 1916. In the diary, Rowe records his experience training in...

RCDIG0000269

Handbook for Roy Rowe, 1917

Handbook relating to the First World War service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and 14th Australian General Hospital. The handbook, titled 'Nurses' "Enquire Within", a pocket handbook for identifying diseases and appropriate nursing techniques'...

RCDIG0000270

Letter from Douglas H Thorne to Roy Rowe, 1917

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and 14th Australian General Hospital. The letter was written by Douglas H. Thorne to Roy Rowe on 2 August 1917, congratulates Rowe on his promotion and subsequent...

RCDIG0000271

Miscellaneous items for Roy Rowe, 1915-1938

Miscellaneous items relating to the First World War service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and 14th Australian General Hospital. The items include a concert program, a photograph and a number of official documents dated between 1 November 1915...

RCDIG0000272

Manuscript for Roy Rowe, 1914-1919

Manuscript relating to the First World War service of 1260 Warrant Officer Class 1 Roy Rowe, MSM, 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and 14th Australian General Hospital. The manuscript consists of the writings of Roy Rowe from between 1914 and 1919, as published by his son, Ross F. Row in 2005.

RCDIG0000273

Timeline

Date of birth 1895
Date of embarkation 1914-12-14
Date of death 1973-11-16