Horace Rowlinson

Horace Rowlinson, Private 204956, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on Friday 23rd November 1917. He was 21 years old, the son of Frederick and Priscilla Rowlinson, of Duxford. They had lived on Station Road (Moorfield Road), High Street, and on The Green. His father worked as a cattle man and he and his older brother also worked as farm labourers in their teens.

The Cambridge Daily News reported on Monday 2nd December1917 that:

‘Mr and Mrs F Rowlinson of The Green, Duxford had received unofficial news of their son’s death. The news is contained in a letter from Horace’s platoon sergeant to say that,

‘It is with great sorrow that I am writing these few lines to inform you of the death of your son. It will doubtless be of some comfort to you to know he suffered no pain as he was killed in his little trench instantaneously by a shell at about 9.00am yesterday, November 23rd . I had only known your boy a short time and I had a very great respect and liking for him. He was greatly loved by all the men in the platoon for his good nature, and I found him absolutely devoid of fear. I t will please you to know that he was a brave soldier and a man who could be absolutely relied on in a tight corner.’

Private Rowlinson was 21 yrs old and previous to enlisting about a year ago was employed as a grocer’s assistant at Duxford. He was always looked upon by the villagers with the highest esteem. He was popular both with teachers and scholars. His elder brother is serving with the Colours.’

He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial having no known grave.

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