Cpl. Mark Wilmot Rowe

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Cpl. Mark Wilmot Rowe

Birthplace: Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Death: March 27, 1918 (24)
Somme, Departement du Cher, France (World War I: Killed in Action)
Place of Burial: Grevillers, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of William John Rowe and Catherine Rowe
Brother of Jane Victoria Rowe; William Henry Rowe; Charles Edward Rowe; Thomas Albert Rowe; John Daniel Rowe and 8 others

Occupation: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Find A Grave ID: 15288524
Service No: WWI 6/3449
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About Cpl. Mark Wilmot Rowe

Mark Wilmot Rowe was born at Thames, New Zealand, on 14 May 1893 (reg. 1893/108). His parents were William John and Catherine Row (nee Kneebone) who married in Thames on 23 July 1879 (reg. 1879/1773). Mark was a member of the Tauranga Rifle Club as well as being a cricketer and footballer. He worked as a farmer at Wairoa. On 25 August 1915 Mark enlisted to fight during World War I, serving with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, 1st Battalion (Service No. 6/3449). Two months later, on 23 October 1915, he was admitted to hospital suffering from influenza. By 9 January 1916 Mark was able to rejoin his battalion. They embarked for France on 16 April 1916. Mark was wounded in the field on 8 July 1916, suffering an injury to his back. He rejoined his unit on 15 July. In February 1917 Mark was suffering from mumps and by May 1917 severe typhoid. He recovered and was able to rejoin his battalion once again on 3 June 1917. Just a month later, on 8 July 1917, he was wounded in action. Mark was promoted to Corporal on 5 October 1917. On 18 January 1918 Mark was in London suffering injured fingers. Corporal Mark Wilmot Rowe was killed in action during the Second Battle of the Somme in France on 27 March 1918. He was aged 24. Mark was buried on the Beaumont-Hamel front. He is remembered on the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Biography by Debbie McCauley (2014).


  1. Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.
  2. Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).
  3. Cenotaph Record: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C...
  4. McCauley, Debbie (2014). Mark Wilmot Rowe (1893-1918) via http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/remembering_war/topics/show/2382
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Cpl. Mark Wilmot Rowe's Timeline

May 14, 1893
Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

Birth Registration Number: (reg. 1893/108).

March 27, 1918
Age 24
Somme, Departement du Cher, France
March 27, 1918
Age 24
Grevillers New Zealand Memorial, Grevillers, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France