Private George Augustus Rowles served in the 20th battalion Canadian Expeditionary forces during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 3032791. His War Service Badge class “A” number was 152096.
Born on May 16th, 1893 in London, Middlesex, England
Religion : Presbyterian Status : Single Hair: brown
Eyes : grey Weight : 135 lbs Height : 5′ 10″ Trade : watch maker
Name of the father : James G. Rowles
Name of the mother : Emily Rowles ( 1863 – 1929 )
Address : 303 Bank Street Ottawa
October 10th, 1917 : Enlisted in Toronto in the 1st Central Ontario Regiment 1st Depot Battalion
Embarked on the H.M.S. Canada on February 4th, 1918. Disembarked in England on February 16th.
May 11th, 1918 : Taken on strength with the 20th battalion.
Wounded at Amiens on August 8th. Wounds at the buttocks from an explosion of a shell. Hospitalised at the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance and then transferred to the 9th Canadian General Hospital. This wound left him partially unfit even for normal life, he had a four inches scar.
August 17th : Invalidated to England.
December 19th, 1918 : Excerpt from his medical report «No bone lesion shown, large numbers of very small fragments of metal scattered about soft tissue, mostly post to right hip, several lie just within the pelvis cavity near the sciatic notch.»
May 11th, 1919 : Embarked on the S.S. Saturnia. Disembarked in Canada. Oscar Auger was also on this ship for his trip back to home.
Demobilised on December 2nd, he was declared medically unfit.
Address after discharge : 303 Banks Street Ottawa.
Deceased on December 16th, 1953. from his Service file “Miss Rowles a nice of G.A. Rowles advised the War Services Records that her uncle was found dead on 16 th of December 1953″ Address of Mrs. Rowles 162 Pretoria.”
Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen December 16th, 1953 page 38 : “At his residence Long Island Ontario on Sunday December 13th, 1953 George A. Rowles son of late Mr and Mrs J Rowles in his 60th year. Resting at Hulse and Playfair Limited 315 McLeod Street Funeral Services in the chapel on Thursday, December 17th at 3p.m. Interment Beeachwood Cemetery”
Buried in section 17 PC 267 Beechwood cemetery in Ottawa with his mother.
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Picture of George Augustus Rowles gravestone
George Augustus Rowles WW1 medals