No.40617, Lance Corporal, Fred ROWLING
Aged 31

7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
formerly No.18308, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 27th August 1917

Fred Rowling was born in Little Thurlow (Risbridge Q2-1886 4A:639), son of Alfred William and Sarah ROWLING (née SMITH).

1891 census...Aged 5, he was at The Street, Little Thurlow with his father Alfred ROWLING [31] boot maker; his mother Sarah [31] born Kedington; brother Robert [1] and sister Susan [4]. All except his mother were born in Little Thurlow.

1901 census...Aged 15, bricklayer's apprentice, he was still at The Street, Little Thurlow with his parents; brothers Robert, Thomas [7], Allen [5] Seymour [4] and Montague [1]; sister Mary [9]. The new siblings all born in Little Thurlow.

He married Mary (Margaret) Annie WIMPRESS [12-8-1890] in 1910, the sister of Thomas WIMPRESS see here

1911 census...Aged 25, estate bricklayer, he was at The Green, Little Thurlow with his wife Margaret Annie [20] born Luddington, Northamptonshire.

Their son, Frederick Robert, was born on 2-5-1913. The pension card puts them at Little Bradley.

He enlisted in Haverhill .
The battalion were in the Ypres salient, near Dickebusch. A quiet week it seems and they were relieved in the line on 27th by the 3rd Bn. Rifle Brigade, the relief finishing at 19;30 pm, the battalion returning to Camp MicMac in the pouring rain. 3 men were killed and 4 others wounded.

Camp Micmac was 2 miles west of Dickebusch on the way to Ouderdom.

photo courtesy Robert Mason

Fred Rowling is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, panels 104,105

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