ROWE, Edward George

Known as: 
George
Rank: 
Sergeant
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PLY/X 103925
Born: 
Friday, November 5, 1920
Died : 
Sunday, June 11, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Sgt. Rowe 46RM Commando
Sgt. Rowe was killed during operations at Rots and Le Hamel.
 
Mne. A.W. Pettey of 'A' troop recalls "We come to a large cornfield my orders being in charge of the 2 inch mortar is to range on the hedgerow so that any Jerries who could be in this cover will keep their heads down while the troops move through the cornfield. The first bombs I fire are smoke and things are running smoothly. Unfortunately when our lads move out of the cornfields the Germans open up with machine guns and mortars causing casualties. I manage to fire some more smoke bombs but realise I have started too late. As I look along the hedge I see  Marine Reuben Garlick (Curly), Sgt James Smith, Sgt George Rowe and several others of our troop all laid down and in a firing position, motionless, all dead! Later I crawl out to see if Curly is still alive but he has been shot through the eye, I can see he and the others have gone from us." (*A.)
 
Edward George Rowe was born in Liskeard Cornwall, one of 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls.  His brothers both survived the war, Fred serving in the Army and Charlie in the Navy. After working as a farm labourer, he entered service with the Royal Marines on the 27th May 1941. He was promoted Corporal in  July 1943, and Sergeant in August 1943 when 46RM Commando was established. (*B.)
 
Sgt Rowe also served for a period leading up to D Day on the staff of the Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre at St. Ives. (*C.)
 
Sources:
​*A. Mne. Pettey via Keith Taylor (Friends and family of 46RM Commando.)
​*B. Service Record/His nephews Ivan Ede and Derek Pownall.
*C. History and Nominal Roll of the CMWTC.
 
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