Private Albert Rowley
Albert 'Snowy' Rowley, joined the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers as a Regular soldier. Albert is recorded on the 1901 Census as a Miner.
Records also show he lived at the family home, at Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. Albert served in India and received the Northwest Frontier Medal, which is dated 1908 and enscribed 'Pte 1388'. Albert entered the theatre of war on 27th August 1914 and fought at the First Battle of Bellewaarde on 16th June 1915. Later 'Snowy' was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and continued service throuhout the war and finally 'Demobbed'.
Albert Rowley, son of Enoch Rowley died 4th September 1901 age 56, to Phoebe (Reeve) died 9th February 1909 age 62. Albert died in Nottingham City Hospital 27th March 1939 age 52 of Tuberculosis, and is buried in Eastwood Cemetery, he remained un-married.
Albert was promoted to Lance Corporal whilst with the Northumberland Fusiliers, however,
the date is unknown, but, at the time of his de-mobilisation, Albert was a Sergeant.
A few of Albert's personal possessions are his four medals - Northwest Frontier Medal, 1914 Star - British Medal - Victory Medal, Queen Mary's Christmas Box 1914, [Click here to view possessions]. Two group images taken of Albert whilst serving in the Machine Gun Corps are available by cliking these links: The first image is that of Machine Gun Corps Troops, Albert is 2nd row 4th from the left, the second image is that of Harrowby Machine Gun Training School, near Grantham, Sergeant Albert Rowley is 2nd from right.
Kind permission of Mick Rowley