Lance Sergeant Albert Rowe


Albert Rowe was born on 23 December 1897 at 49 Jerusalem Street, Belfast, the fourth of seven children of English-born naval pensioner (formerly coastguard) Thomas Rowe and his wife Emily (née McAdam). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his parents and siblings at 16 Collingwood Avenue, Belfast.

Rowe enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 24 August 1914 (No.1029). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

In May 1916 D Squadron came together with A and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII Corps. On 10 October that year, however, Rowe transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles. He was issued regimental number 43200 and posted to the 13th (Service) Battalion.

Rowe remained with the Rifles until the end of the war. On 14 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. In late August that year, however, he joined the Military Foot Police (No. P/18299), serving in Belfast until discharged a year or two later.

On 15 December 1919 Rowe married Mabel Callan McCluskey at St Mary Magdalene Church in Belfast. He died at the City Hospital on 16 December 1953. The Belfast Telegraph reported:

Many friends at Belvoir Park Golf Club and the Masonic Hall, Mountpottinger, will miss Mr. Albert Rowe, whose funeral took place at Newtownbreda Cemetery to-day. He died suddenly yesterday aged 56. A Lurgan man, Mr. Rowe became widely known during his 16 years stewardship at Belvoir for his quiet efficiency and ready smile. When he left in September last year, [he] had built up a record of hospitality and service second to none in Northern Ireland golf clubs. For health reasons he resigned his post to take up a similar appointment at the Masonic Hall Mountpottinger. He served in the 1914-18 war with the North Irish Horse. Mr. Rowe leaves his wife, a son, Bertie, and two daughters living in America.

The Northern Whig and Belfast Post reported:

Representatives of the North Irish Horse and the Royal Ulster Rifles, in which regiments he had served in the First World War, attended the funeral yesterday of Mr. Albert Rowe, who had been steward at Belvoir Golf Club [and] ... Mount Masonic Hall. Members of the club and the Masonic Order also followed the cortege to Newtownbreda Cemetery.