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RE Help please. 430 and 438004 Lloyd Rowlands Royal Engineers MID & Serbian Award in Gold


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Hi

Lloyd Rowlands Private 430 and 438004 RE

I am researching the above who served in the RE from 17 March 1909 till his discharge 18 Jan 1919. In between time he was MID on 1st Dec 1916 page 11805 for Egypt and later awarded the Serbian Oblich Medal for Bravery in Gold in LG 15 Feb 1917 page 1612. Only 308 of these awards were given to British Soldiers for WW1.

I can find a Pension Record Card that shows he lived in Altrincham, Cheshire and was born C1888 also that he married Clara Ellen Rowlands in Lincoln in 1920. Sadly it looks like he died in Altrincham on 28 Aug 1925

I would particularly like help in tracking down which unit he served with in the Royal Engineers in Egypt and how he came to get a Serbian Award for Bravery. I would like to track down a War Diary or History so I can see what he did.

Any help from any Royal Engineer experts to steer me in the right direction would be appreciated. He has a nice low number and an early Pre War entry date

Many thanks

 

Andrew

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I wonder if he had another forename.

Lloyd Rowlands is a unique name, only one instance in England and Wales between 1837 & 1993 (Aberystwyth district, 1892).

However, Lloyd as a middle name is much commoner, eg. John Lloyd Rowlands.

Have you found him in any censuses?

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30 minutes ago, Grandrew2 said:

Lloyd Rowlands Private 430 and 438004 RE

Andrew

As a starting point the latter 438004 number was issued from the early 1917 renumbering of the Territorial Force and indicates that he was with 1st East Lancs. Field Company when the renumbering occurred.  1st East Lancs. Field Company block of numbers in that renumbering was 438001 - 440000.

1st East Lancs. Field Company (later 427th Field Company) was part of 42nd (East Lancashire) Division.  From the Long Long Trail website..."The East Lancashire was the first TF Division to move overseas. The Division was warned on 5 September 1914 that it would be sent to Egypt and four days later it began to embark at Southampton, the first transports sailing on 10 September. Disembarkation began at Alexandria on 25 September, and with the exception of the Manchester Brigade concentrated around Cairo, where acclimatisation and further training commenced."

All of which fits very nicely with Lloyd Rowlands' Date of entry into Theatre (3) Egypt 

Steve

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My apologises I only included his name as it appears in the various Military Records 

However some of the Pension Cards show him as Lloyd Thomas Rowlands and I enclose all the cards I have found

Hopefully this is more helpful for someone please to help me pin down his RE unit in Egypt

Many thanks for looking and prompting me to provide fuller details

 

Andrew

 

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Thank you Steve I was scrabbling for Pension Cards when your reply came through

The East Lancs Field Co sounds very promising particularly as he entered Egypt at the same time.

I am now going to see if I can find a War Diary

Brilliant stuff thank you I would not have stumbled on this without your pointer

Many thanks

 

Andrew

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The Serbian medal may be a red herring, I believe a quantity of Serbian medals were given to the British Army in gratitude for the liberation of Serbia and for them to allocate as they saw fit. I have come across other British servicemen who were awarded these medals despite never having served in the Balkans. 

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They were reciprocal awards, we gave those some of ours and vice-versa. His unit would have put him forward for an award and he received this probably under the heading of good work or some such.

TR

 

 

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Yes that sounds plausible. I will have a look at the other awards of the medal and see if there are more engineers

Meanwhile I see that the War Diary for the 427 Field Co does not start till March 1917 when they had moved to France. The earlier one is not available for download

I wonder if anyone has a copy of the N&M reprint of the HISTORY OF THE EAST LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS he may get a mention in the index or the Honours & Awards section?

WO 95/4593 Divisional Troops: 427 (1/1 East Lancs) Field Company Royal Engineers (1916 Jan - 1917... 

 

Thanks guys I appreciate all your help as my research has moved on 

 

Andrew

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1 hour ago, Grandrew2 said:

Meanwhile I see that the War Diary for the 427 Field Co does not start till March 1917 when they had moved to France. The earlier one is not available for download

If you can get/have access to Ancestry then the War Diary for 1/1 East Lancashire Field Company Royal Engineers (1915 May - Dec) which covers their time on Gallipoli is available here... https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/60380/images/42871_1831101456_11721-00001?backlabel=ReturnSearchResults&queryId=422c536e7df9ff1cb788757162547964&pId=20442

Steve

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Steve and Peter thank you so much for your very helpful replies particularly Steve sending me the link for war diary

This does actually mention 430 L Rowlands in a Casualty list and being promoted to Paid L/Cpl so I can definitely say his MID and the Serbian award are for Gallipoli. Sadly the CO was more focussed on describing in great detail the trench building and I can find no reference to any awards. The diary finishes in Dec when they leave the peninsula and the new one starts in March

Now I know he was with this Unit I will download that and see if I can find anymore references to him

Within a day the Forum has come up trumps I have his Unit and I have the war diary which was what I hoped I might get a pointer to. 

Thank you again everyone your help is as impressive as ever and I have lots to work on

 

Andrew 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Grandrew2 said:

so I can definitely say his MID and the Serbian award are for Gallipoli.

His MiD was for Egypt, as you first noted. Murray's Despatch, in which he was mentioned,  covered the period 1st June to 30th Sept 1915. 1916 and covered operations against the Turks in the Canal area.

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Thanks Charlie so this infers he got two distinct awards. THE MID was for work in the Canal Zone and the Serbia Award LG  covered the time he was in Gallipoli?

Andrew

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