IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit to Commonwealth graves in Communal Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

NOYON Communal Cemetery (Oise France)

Photo Courtesy Alain Octavie (Fr)
Rowland's "dogtag"
Rowland was born in 05/1883 in Lower Clapton, London, 5th child of Frederick Smith and Julia Elizabeth (nee Ward).
He did not marry, and his profession was initially as a wine and spirit merchant, and later as a motor omnibus conducter.
For World War I he served as a gunner with 44th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.
He was buried in Noyon by the enemy.
Just 6 weeks later, on 16/10/1914, his younger brother, Charles Kingsley Smith, who had survived the Boer War, died, aged 28, when the ship he was serving onas a Private in the Royal Marines, HMS Hawke was torpedoed.
Sadly Charles Kingsley does not have a grave, but he is remembered with honour on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.
Charles Kingsley was not married.
for their great niece Joanne Gollandeau and family

1 casualty

United Kingdom Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery 48th Heavy Bty. Age: 31 Date of Death: 28/08/1914 Service No: 12864

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Casualties informations come usualy from Commonwealth War Graves Commission, see links for more informations © Pierre Vandervelden - Belgium