Charles William Dell Rowe
- Lieut. C. W. D. Rowe, of the Hunts. Cyclist Battalion, is in charge of the
military arrangements at Huntingdon and
has been styled Military Governor.
occupation was given as a Builders Merchant / director of London Brick
14/8/1914 - Bringing the Hunts. cyclists up to war strength.
Notice signed by Lieut. C. W. D. Rowe (Officer Commanding) were posted on Friday, asking for recruits between the ages of 17 & 35 for the Huntingdon Companies of the Cycle Battalion so as to bring it up to war strength. There was a quick response, and the same afternoon a squad of some twenty well known young men of the town were put through their initial drills in the Archdeacon's paddock. Recruiting was stopped on Tuesday, the full number having been obtained.
From a local paper dated 17/10/1914 under a heading "The Hunts. Cyclist Battalion." orders for Sunday (< 17/10/1914) gave the following change of company responsibility for the officers, it was also stated that these changes were by no means permanent. Captain Rowe will come from Huntingdon to take charge of 'F' Company in the 1/1st H C B.
Charles was born on the 2 Aug. 1893 and when enlisting in the H C B was living at the Broadway, Peterborough. He later served in the Royal Flying Corps. as a Major.
He was put forward for a commission during May 1914. He died 1st July 1954. He was to become the Commanding officer of 5th Bat. Northants Regt. from 1926 to 1928. His father was Charles William a Builders Merchant from Peterborough. Later was noted as being a Captain 1/1st HCB of the Broadway Peterborough.
He transferring from the 5th Battalion the Bedfordshire regiment and was appointed to Lieutenant 27th Feb. 1914 and then gazetted to Captain H.C.B. Wednesday 30th August 1914. In August 1914 he was in charge of military arrangements at Huntingdon and styled Military Governor. He held a commission in the Beds O.T.C. He was gazetted Lieutenant in 1912, whilst attached to the Chelsea Barracks.
His father was J. A or (Charles) Rowe, who with others served as a member of the City council of Peterborough.
By 24-11-1916 “ Captain C. W. Rowe, formerly of the Cyclist Battalions has been seconded for duty with the Royal Flying Corps.”
He was at a camp of the 5th (Hunts.) Battalion Northampton Regiment at their camp in July / August 1926. = Lieut. Colonel MBE officer commanding. His name appears in the first Gazette of the 1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion printed in the winter of 1914. = Captain F company
He was at a camp of the 5th (Hunts.) Battalion Northampton Regiment at their camp in 1925.= Major OBE D company (Peterborough). He was at a camp of the 5th (Hunts.) Battalion Northampton Regiment at their camp in July / August 1926. = Lieut. Colonel MBE officer commanding. His name appears in the first Gazette of the 1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion printed in the winter of 1914. = Captain F company.
He was at a camp of the 5th (Hunts.) Battalion Northampton Regiment at their camp in 1925.= Major OBE D company (Peterborough)
At the second annual sports meeting held for the 1/1st Battalion held on Saturday [just before 21st July 1916 ] held at Hunmanby, near Filey, he was noted as being a Captain, Lt Col. E. R. Herbert could not attend due to illness, the prizes for this event, were presented by Mrs. K. D. Knowles. = third in officers race.
He wrote to the women of the district who had provided Xmas puddings for the men over Xmas 1916, at the time he was a Captain of F Company 1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. He later became the commanding officer of the 5th Batt, The N’hants. Regt from 1926 to 1928.
He attended the funeral of the Earl of Sandwich in July 1916, and at the time held the rank of Captain in the 1/1st Battalion.
He was a Major & in command of the 5 (H) Northants. Territorial Battalion by 1926 OBE and MBE by 1926, he was promoted to command the Territorial Battalion. By the 24 November 1916 he was seconded to the RFC He was a Captain of the 1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, living at the Broadway, Peterborough. He died 1st July 1954.
12/8/1916 Captain Rowe, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Rowe of Broadway, who recently transferred from the 1/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion to the Royal Flying Corps, has made excellent progress in that branch of the service, and is now gaining experience as a pilot.
Colonel C. W. Rowe attended the re-union of the H. C. B. 'old boys' held in the 'Golden Lion' Stanground on Friday 4th, November 1932.
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