James Rowan

First Name: 
Last Name: 
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Rowan
Father's Name: 
Robert Rowan
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, January 10, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
5th Field Bakery
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Date of Death: 
Monday, February 21, 1955
Place of Death: 
Grafton, NSW

James Rowan (Service No 9891) was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1884.

On 8 April 1909 he married Isobel McPhail at Dapto, NSW .

At the time of enlistment James was married, 32 years of age, employed as a baker and resided in Woonona, NSW.  James had previously served 2 years with the Militia.

James embarked on HMAT A71 - Nestor with the 16th Field Butchery and Bakery Reinforcement on 9 April 1916.   He arrived in Egypt on 15 May 1916 and was posted to 5th Field Bakery on 23 May 1916.   

James arrived in France on 29 June 1916 and served on the Western Front until the end of the War.  On 7 September 1918 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. 

James returned to Australia in March 1919 and was discharged on 24 June 1919.

Jame moved to Cessnock after the War and opened a bakery but this was destroyed in a fire in 1922.  He was the bandmaster of the Cessnock District Band in 1924.

Jame died in Grafton in 1955 and is buried in South Grafton Cemetery.


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