A Second War Group of Eight to Senior Commissioned Stores Officer Rowell
A Second War Group of Eight to Senior Commissioned Stores Officer Rowell - Naval General Service Medal, 1 Clasp - PALESTINE 1936-1939, George VI (M. 39524 E.J. ROWELL. SY. P.O. R.N.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George VI (M. 39524 E.J. ROWELL. SY. P.O. H.M.S. ISIS.). Naming is officially impressed on the NGSM and RNLSGCM, the others are un-named. Court-mounted, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a duotang folder with his military biography and one black and white ship photograph. Footnote: Edward John Rowell enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1924 and achieved the rank of Supply Petty Officer by 1937. He was in Palestine in 1938-1939, serving with H.M.S. Isis, a newly commissioned Fleet Destroyer, as part of the Mediterranean Fleet, where he earned the Naval General Service Medal with Palestine clasp. During the first part of the Second World War, he apparently remained with H.M.S. Isis, which was hit in 1941 off Beirut, Lebanon after the Battle of Crete. She had pursued two Vichy French destroyers but they escaped. A Junkers Ju 88 aircraft then attacked and severely damaged her. H.M.S. Hero tried to tow her to Haifa, Palestine but the tow row snapped. However, the engines started and she successfully reached Haifa. Rowell was awarded his Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while serving with Isis. The Isis herself was sunk by a mine or torpedo on July 20, 1944 off Normandy, killing 11 officers, including her Captain Lt. H.D. Durell and 143 ratings. However, Rowell escaped the fate of the others on the Isis, as he had been transferred five months earlier, on February 24, 1944, posted to the Shore Base H.M.S. Avalon in St. John's Newfoundland, on loan to the Royal Canadian Navy, where he was promoted to Warrant Stores Officer and Commissioned Stores Officer. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945. Post-war, he was drafted for the next two years to H.M.S. Mercury, the Royal Naval Signal School Leydene House at East Meon, near Petersfield, Hants, on November 5, 1945, before being drafted to the Shore Base H.M.S. Defiance at Devonport on October 28, 1947. By 1951, he was retired but had been recalled to service, drafted to H.M.S. Curlew, the Royal Naval Air Station at St. Merryn, near Padstow, Cornwall, on October 30, 1952, having been promoted to Senior Commissioned Stores Officer earlier that month. Rowell was still in the Royal Navy when he died on April 26, 1955, passing away at the Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse, Plymouth. In his Will, he left his estate to his wife, Louise Nelly Rowell of Billacoombe, Plymouth.