• Edward Leslie Graham Rowell

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Kingaroy, QLD, Australia

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    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

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    • Edward Leslie Graham Rowell
    • Posted by SwanCreekBoy, Saturday, 9 November 2019

    Lieutenant Edward Leslie Graham Rowell M. C. 25th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F. 15th November1917, aged 25. Plot IV. F. 3. Son of Robert and Helena M. Rowell, of Victoria St., Warwick, Queensland. Native of Northumberland, England His headstone bears the inscription; "Excelsior." Edward Leslie Graham Rowell was born at Walbottle House, Northumberland, England. He enlisted in March 1915 and left for the Front as a member of the 25th Battalion A. I. F. He played his honoured part as an ANZAC, having spent four months in the winter campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. He then served with the first Australian divisions in France fighting on the Western Front where he won his commission in the field. Admitted to No. 26 General Hospital, Etaples on 4th October 1917 with a Gun Shot wound to head and right shoulder. He was later transferred to No. 7 General Hospital at St. Omer where his condition was described as "Dangerously ill, condition, unfavourable." ​On 11th November he was seen by medical personnel who said; "In a very serious condition, we saw him today. he appeared to hear what was said to him but make no effort to understand. He has several wounds which are complicated by chest trouble. His family have been telegraphed for and his brother is expected today. The Sister in charge appeared to have little hope for him." On 14th November 1917 a note written by staff at No. 7 General Hospital, St. Omer said; "In a very bad condition and getting worse, some of his relatives are with him." He died at 7.20.a.m. the following day as a result of wounds to the neck and left arm. His father and brother were with him and both attended the funeral. AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS At Westhoek Ridge on the 20th of September 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, when during the advance an enemy Pill-box from which the enemy were emerging, seemed likely to hold up the advance, this Officer rushed it single handed. Although his revolver was shot out of his hand, he engaged them with bombs, killing four and taking 20 prisoners. Later, when his Company Commander was wounded, he took charge of the Company, eventually carrying out a relief under heavy shell fire. Throughout his courage and coolness were a fine example to all ranks. Picture courtesy of David Backhouse, great nephew.