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Predicate Object 1938.153 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1938.153, W0891.1 2015-11-02T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-16T20:43:55.962Z 50 casualties/wars Memorial Card: photograph: AE Rowell, WW1 Photograph of the Grave of the Late AE Rowell, St Sever Extension Cemetery Sent by The Minister of Internal Affairs to the Next-of-Kin of 40366 Arnold Edgar Rowell, Auckland Regiment, NZEF. This card features the Imperial War Graves Commission headstone marking the burial place of Arnold Rowell of Auckland at St. Sever Extension Cemetery. The Commission began its work building cemeteries for the war dead in 1921. Over the next decade 2400 cemeteries were created, and bodies were re-interred with official head-stones. The Commission began its work in 1915 as the Graves Registration Commission, and in 1917 the Imperial War Graves Commission was established. The Commission's work began in earnest after the Armistice and arrangements were made to acquire land, to identify existing graves and to design and construct cemeteries and memorials. In New Zealand the War Graves Division of the Department of Internal Affairs managed the distribution of these photograph memorial cards to the next-of-kin. Arnold Rowell, son of John and Ada Rowell, was employed as a Motorman with the Waihi Gold Mine Co. when he enlisted on 14th November 1916. He embarked for overseas service with the 23rd Reinforcements on 2nd April 1917. On 6th June 1917, after a short period at Sling Camp he 'proceeded overseas' and joined the 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment (6th Hauraki Company) in France. A year later, on 6th June 1918 while serving on the Somme, he was admitted to the hospital at Doullens suffering multiple gunshot wounds. The following day he was transferred to the 9th General Hospital, Rouens where he died on 28 June 1918, and was buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. He was aged 23. Between 1-6 June 1918, while the 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment was in the line in front of Hebuterne, eight members of an Auckland Regiment patrol party were wounded when fired upon by German machine-gunners. See: Ormond Burton, The Auckland Regiment, 1922, Whitcombe & Tombs, pp 215-216. Memorial Card: Photograph of the Grave of the Late AE Rowell, St Sever Extension Cemetery, WW1 Sent by The Minister of Internal Affairs printed grey card; single fold; with photograph tipped in cover: New Zealand Expeditionary Force. / Their Name Liveth for Evermoren / fern leaf inside: THE MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS / begs to forward a / PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GRAVE / of the late / Reg.No. 40366 Rank : Private / Name : A.E. Rowell / Unit : N.Z. Auckland Regiment / Cemetery : St. Sever Extension / Plot No. 3. Row "A" Grave 1. Blk. "Q" / All communications respecting the photograph should quote the soldier's regimental number and be addressed / Under-Secretary, Internal Affairs Department (War Graves Division), Wellington. card, memorial
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