Birth date: 24 July 1889
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Balaclava
Death date: 21 June 1947
Final rank: Bombardier
Service number: 85746 - First World War, 1914-1918
953 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 4th Australian Field Artillery Battery

Frederick William Rowe was born at Balaclava in Victoria on 24 July 1889. The 25-year-old salesman enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 15 August 1914. Assigned the rank of gunner with the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, Rowe departed Sydney aboard HMAT Shropshire on 20 October 1914.

Rowe served on Gallipoli for nearly the entire campaign, and wrote home regularly with descriptive and informative accounts of the fighting. One particularly detailed letter described the landing on 25 April and commented that "the six-bob-a-day tourists have made a name for Australia that will live forever."

In May 1915 Rowe received a gunshot wound to the left thigh. He was evacuated again in November with gallstones and returned to Australia in January 1916 before being discharged two months later from ill-health. Rowe re-enlisted in 1919 for special service and was sent to England to assist with demobillisation efforts. He returned to Australia in November that year. Frederick Rowe died on 21 June 1947.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Gunner
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Rowe, Frederick William (Bombardier, 4th Battery Field Artillery b: 1889 d: 1947)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 953 Bombardier Frederick William Rowe, 4th Battery Field Artillery. Collection consists of 35 letters written home to his family describing the sea voyage, the sights of Egypt, training, military life, observations of Australian troops, the... Maker: Rowe, Frederick William

PR90/090 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Typed copy of letters from Frederick William Rowe to his family, 1914-1915

Letters relating to the First World Service of 953 Bombardier Frederick William Rowe, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. Rowe describes the sights of Egypt (especially those of Cairo), military life, obervations of and memorable events involving his fellow Australian troops, the landing at ANZAC Cove,...



Date of birth 1889-07-24
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1947-06-21