Private 13259 Levi Rowley

Killed in Action on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age unknown.
Commemorated on Panel 60 to 64 of Loos Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

10th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment. 1st Brigade of 1st Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Smethwick, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 9th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1768222/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
2 Lower Chapel Street, Rowley Regis, Staffs.
Benjamin Rowley (43, Brickworks Labourer, born Rowley Regis), his wife Mary Ann (40, born Rowley Regis), and their 7 children: Benjamin (18, Brickworks Labourer, born Rowley Regis), Arthur (13, born Rowley Regis), John (9, born Rowley Regis), Alfred (7, born Rowley Regis), Levi (4, born Rowley Regis), Bert (3, born Rowley Regis), and Florrie (11 months, born Rowley Regis).

1911 Census
49 Dibble Road, Smethwick, Staffs.
Benjamin Rowley (54, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (53, born Tividale, Tipton), and their 8 children: Benjamin (29, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), Arthur (24, Widower, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), John (20, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), Alfred (17, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), Levi (15, Labourer, born Tividale, Tipton), Bert (14, born Tividale, Tipton), Florrie (11, born Tividale, Tipton) and Edith (9, born Tividale, Tipton).

Personal Data

Soldier Died in the Great War' shows Levi as born in Tipton, apart from this reference there is nothin to connect him to the town. The 1901 census shows the family living at Lower City Road which is beyond the boundary in the Rowley Regis part of Tividale.

Action resulting in his death

The 10th Gloucesters were part of 1st Division who attacked from just in front of Vermelles eastwards towards Hulloch. They had problems with gas being released but not moving towards the enemy but staying in their own area. They were initially held up but by 3.50pm had cleared the Germans from Lone tree, the last piece of good news on the day.

The 10th Gloucesters lost heavily on the 25th September, with 153 men killed on the day. Like most of his comrades, Levi has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

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