An interesting Great War Gallipoli 1915 operations Military Cross group awarded to 2nd Lieutenant later Captain R.L. Rowe, Royal Engineers, a mining engineer, who saw service at Gallipoli from 14th November 1915, almost certainly with the VII Corps Mining Company, and was specially selected by his commanding officer to oversee the evacuation of his unit from there on the night of 19th to 20th December 1915. His Military Cross was gazetted on 3rd June 1916. Attached to the 1st/1st Kent Field Company from January to April 1916 in Egypt, he was th

Price: £1,350.00


Product ID: CMA/26845
Condition: Good Very Fine
Availability: IN STOCK
Description:

An interesting Great War Gallipoli 1915 operations Military Cross group awarded to 2nd Lieutenant later Captain R.L. Rowe, Royal Engineers, a mining engineer, who saw service at Gallipoli from 14th November 1915, almost certainly with the VII Corps Mining Company, and was specially selected by his commanding officer to oversee the evacuation of his unit from there on the night of 19th to 20th December 1915. His Military Cross was gazetted on 3rd June 1916. Attached to the 1st/1st Kent Field Company from January to April 1916 in Egypt, he was then present on operations with the Western Frontier Force against the Senussi in the Sudan, and was present at the occupation of Siwa. He was ultimately the Chief Royal Engineer for the Western Frontier Force at the Headquarters in Cairo.

Group of 5: Military Cross, GVR cypher, house in its fitted presentation case; 1914-1915 Star; (2.LIEUT. R.L. ROWE. R.E.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (CAPT. R.L. ROWE.); Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, GVR Coinage bust; (RICHARD ROWE.)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Richard Leggett Rowe, middle name sometime spelt Legett, was born on 27th July 1882 in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, another record states, Great Hallingbury, Essex, he was the son of Richard and Florence Rowe, his father being a man of private means, and he was the grandson of the distinguished Cornish tin mining engineer and Captain of Laxey Mines in Truro, Captain Richard Rowe, he was baptised at Thorley on 17th September 1882. Living in Capel, Surrey as of 1891, he was the only son of four children, and lived in a household with four servants. Rowe was then educated at Charterhouse School, where his grandfather, and also possibly father had gone before him. Having passed through the school in 1899, Rowe then went on to pursue a career in mining, and passed through the Royal School of Mines with a 2nd Class Associateship in Metallurgy in July 1904.

With the outbreak of the Great War, Rowe was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Engineers on 4th August 1915. Embarking from England on 26th October 1915, he was present at Gallipoli from 14th November 1915 when he landed at Suvla, where he is believed to have been employed with the VII Corps Mining Company which was active against the Turks in the Helles area through to being evacuated from there on the night of 19th to 20th December 1915, he having ‘remained till the last night of evacuation - specially selected by his OC for this’.

Rowe was awarded the Military Cross in the King’s Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 3rd June 1916, this being almost certainly won at Gallipoli, as this gazette date contained a number of awards for the campaign. Sadly no citation survives, however it must be assumed that he did something significant as he was still only a temporary 2nd Lieutenant when he was gazetted with his award.

Rowe was then attached to the Territorial Force unit the 1st/1st Kent Field Company from January to April 1916, and was then posted for service with the Western Frontier Force during the operations against the Senussi in the Sudan. Rowe was present at the occupation of Siwa. He was then appointed the Chief Royal Engineer for the Western Frontier Force at the Headquarters in Cairo, and remained employed as such till February 1918 when the operations of the Western Frontier Force came to an end.

Rowe had been promoted to temporary Lieutenant on 12th June 1916, and was then promoted to temporary Captain on 18th May 1918. Latterly he was appointed Adjutant to the Chief Royal Engineer of the Desert Mounted Corps and afterwards the Northern Area with effect from the 20th May 1919.

Rowe who resigned his commission on 15th September 1919, ands went on to live in Worthing, Sussex, returned to his work as a mining engineer after the war, and married Cecilia Mary Casella at East Preston in Sussex in September 1923, and also went on to see service as a Special Constable with the Police Special Constabulary, being shown as retired but still living in Worthing and serving as a Special Constable as of the 1939 Register. Rowe latterly lived at Oakleaf Cottage in Minstead, Hampshire, and died on 25th June 1965.