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Alphonso Hopson Rowles

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Alphonso Hopson Rowles was born on Saturday, 23rd June 1883 at 39 Bell Street, Henley, the son of William Joseph and Elizabeth Rowles (née Bird), a ‘Dyer’ of Henley.

He was baptised on 13th July 1884 at St. Mary’s Church, Henley on Thames.


In the 1901 census he gave his occupation as ‘Clothier’s Book-Keeper’. He is age 17 and living with his parents at 85 Bell Street, Henley on Thames.


Reading Mercury dated 11th March 1916
An application was made to the Military Tribunal for exemption to Military Service.
His occupation was given as ‘Dyer’. This may have been made by his employer when call-up was introduced


He served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, (13th Battalion), No. 18400, Private. He later traferred to the Royal Army Servie Corps, No. M/331633


In the ‘1939 Register’ he is living at 74 De Deauvoir Road, Reading. His occupation is given as ‘Car Park Attendant’. He died in 1955 at Reading, Berkshire,age 71. He was unmarried


Can anyone please find his burial?

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Some background to see if we can track down where the family was buried, as that is usually a good start:

Sadly that lead went cold as well - do you have any information about the rest of the family?

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Alphonso's father William Joseph died 2nd July, 1909 and was buried on 6th July 1909  @ St.Mary's ,Henley on Thames.   family grave ????..looking

Regards Barry

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This cemetery perhaps? Nothing in their database even close to Rowles.


St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard
LOCATION    Hart Street
Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AU England 
MEMORIALS    567 added (29% photographed)
CEMETERY ID    1879221



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No obvious entry in the Civil Probate Calendar so can't confirm via that route whetrher he was still resident in Reading or simply died there.

Also had a quick look for an unclaimed estate but drew a blank.


A death certificate might be the best route as that should that give you his residential address - a possible indicator of where he might have been buried or cremated - but also the name of the informant and their address. If it's a next of kin then hopefully increases the chances there is something to mark his passing - a headstone or a plaque. It will also give you an exact date for trawling the local papers for any mention of his death and funeral.


Sadly the harsh reality may be that there was no one to take care of this responsibility and so it fell on the local council - in which case his grave won't be marked.


If he was resident in Reading then the three Civic cemeteries are listed here:-



A thread on RootsChat from 2012 says the records for all three were concentrated in the office at the All Hallows Road site, although whether that is still true I don't know. Possibly worth giving then a call.


Good luck with your search,


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A bit more family info. ....Joseph Adams Rowles, Alphonso's g/father was also buried at St.Mary's,Henley,  on 29th Nov. 1892.   last address Bell St. Probate 85 Bell St.

Regards Barry

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