Archibald Rowe (1881–1939)


Army Service Corps S4/215975 9 Line of Communication Company
Royal Irish Rifles 1/47333  

Photo courtesy Ken Stinson

Archibald Rown c1930s

Archie Rowe c 1930s at Dawbarns joinery works

Born in 1881, Archibald worked as a wood turner for Joseph Glossop before joining the Army at Ripley in December 1915 aged thirty-four. His parents were licensees of the Shoulder of Mutton at Fritchley for many years, until his mother’s death in 1925. He entered France on SS Archangel in October 1916 and worked in the field butchery. In September 1917 he was compulsorily transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles as rifleman “in the interests of the Service”. He had several hospital admissions for boils and skin problems. In May 1918 he was transferredback to the Army Service Corps.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier, 17 August 1918
Local soldiers on leave from France this week include – Private Jesse Heappey, Gunner Samuel Taylor, Sgt Thomas Greenhough and Private Archie Roe, Fritchley.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 6 October 1939
The District Coroner Mr A. N. Whiston, has decided not to hold an inquest on Archibald Rowe (58), and unemployed labourer of 6, Greenfields, Fritchley, who collapsed and died in Chase Wood, Crich, on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Rowe had been out collecting wood with his brother Mr Raymond Rowe, and was missed when they were returning home.
When he got no reply to his calls, Mr Raymond Rowe retraced his steps and found his brother lying in a collapsed state on the public footpath of the wood. He died about two minutes later, before the arrival of Dr Eileen MacDonald, of Crich.

Army Service Record
He attested 04 Dec 1915 at Belper, aged 34 years and 9 months; an unmarried wood turner who was C of E. His address was Fritchley, Nr Ambergate. He was 5ft 8in tall and the next of kin was his mother Henrietta Rowe of Fritchley. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters. His employer, pre-war, was Joseph Glossop, Ambergate. Awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His address for pay was 17 Gresham St, Belgrave Rd, Leicester. He served as a butcher with 10 Field Butchery whilst in France.
20.09.16 Home
22.10.16 Ex. Force to France on ss Archangel from Southampton for Havre
09.11.16 Posted to BSD Rouin No 4
12.12.16 Joined 10 Field Butchery
23.01.17 To 9 L of C Sup. Coy
12.05.17 Marseilles, classified as TB (Dental)
19.05.17 Reclassified
27.09.17 Compulsorily transferred in the interests of the Service to Royal Irish Rifles for posting to the 1st Btn in the rank of rifleman
10.10.17 Joined ASC Base Depot
11.10.17 To C of C Base Depot for training
28.10.17 Joined Btn in field
29.12.17 Admission for septic arm
12.01.18 Admission for ??
19.01.18 Admission for boils
02.04.18 Admission for sceptic ?
27.05.18 Transferred to the Army Service Corps
10.08.18 to 24.08.18 Leave for 14 days

Archie ROWE's brothers Thomas ROWE and William ROWE are also on Roll of Honour.


1891: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Tom Anthony Rowe Head 34 Publican Ripley
Henrietta Rowe wife 34   Ripley
Raymond Rowe son 12   Ripley
Archibald Rowe son 10   Fritchley
Thomas Rowe son 7   Fritchley
William Rowe son 6   Fritchley

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1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Caleb Minard Head 33 Wire drawer Northampton
Henrietta Minard wife 43 Inn house keeper Ripley
Raymond Rowe sep-son 22 Wire drawer Fritchley
Archibald Rowe step-son 20 Wood turner Fritchley
Thomas Jos. Rowe step-son 18 Circular sawyer Fritchley
William Rowe step-son 16 Wood turner Fritchley
Wilfred Minard son 2   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Henrietta Rowe Head (widow) 54 Inn keeper Ripley
Archie Rowe son 30 Wood bobbin turner Fritchley
Wilfred Rowe son 12   Fritchley

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1918 Crich voters
Archibald Rowe, Fritchley; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Hilltop, Fritchley
William Archer b.15 July 1864; retired
Phyllis Archer b.19 April 1871
Wilfred Minard b.6 November 1895; wiredrawer
Hannah Minnard b.12 October 1896; housewife
Lawrence Minnard b.12 April 1929; school
Muriel Godbeberg (Rowe) b.12 October 1915; wool twister factory hand
Archibald Rowe (single) b.16 March 1881; general woodworker unemployed
two closed records