William Rowe (1884–1954)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)    

Photos courtesy Alan Key

Wiliam Rowe in WW1

Born in 1884, William married Ellen Ann Barber in 1907 and worked in the woodyard before becoming a collier.
After the war he was a compensated miner, having injured his leg in a coal mining accident, and subsequently made a living by keeping chickens in a field close to the family home at The Green, Fritchley.

There are three possible William Rowe's in the records: 106880 (who later transferred into the North Staffs); 46249 in 1st battalion; 118243 in 11th battalion.

Studiophoto of Willaim Rowe in WW1

Studio photograph of William Rowe with his Foresters cap
This photograph was located by William Rowe's grandson, among photographs left by his mother – William's daughter, Vera Key (1918-2000).
In comparison, there are similarities between the man in uniform and a photograph of William Rowe dated approximately 1928
Further research will be required to definitely confirm that the soldier is William Rowe.

William Rowe and grandchildren

William with his children Vera and Stanley c1928

1939 Register: The Green, Fritchley
William Rowe b.4 December 1884; compensated miner
Ellen A Rowe b.26 August 1883
Winifred Sparham (Rowe) b.31 October 1911; hosiery manufacturer mender
Archibald Rowe b.13 September 1914; confectionary and bread van deliverer
Vera Key (Rowe) b. 24 May 1918; hosiery manufacturer linker
Stanley Rowe b.12 May 1921; cabinet maker in caravan building

William Rowe married Ellen Ann Barber in 1907


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
William Rowe Head 25 Collier Fritchley
Ellen Rowe wife 27   Heage
Harold Rufus Rowe son 1   Fritchley

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