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  • A Unique Palestine, U-Boat Kill & Normandy Group
  • A Unique Palestine, U-Boat Kill & Normandy Group

Item: GB1009

A Unique Palestine, U-Boat Kill & Normandy Group


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A Unique Palestine, U-Boat Kill & Normandy Group

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 NGS and RNLSGC medals. Board mounted, extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography and one 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 1938-1938 with the H.M.S. Isis, a newly commissioned Fleet Destroyer, where he earned the Naval General Service Medal with bar. During the first part of World War II, he apparently remained aboard H.M.S. Isis, which was credited with sinking a U-Boat in 1943. 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 147 ratings. Rowell escaped the fate of the others on the Isis. As of February 24, 1944, he had been promoted to Warrant Stores Officer, then, Commissioned Stores Officer, posted to H.M.S. Avalon, which was stationed at the Shore Base in St. John's Newfoundland, on loan to the Royal Canadian Navy. Post-war, he saw service with H.M.S. Mercury, Royal Naval Signal School Leydene House at East Meon (November 1945) and H.M.S. Defiance, Shore Base at Devonport (October 1947). By 1951, he was retired but had been recalled to service, this time with H.M.S. Curlew, Royal Naval Air Station, St. Merryn (October 1952, wher he has achieved the rank of Senior Commissioned Stores Officer). Rowell was still in the Royal Navy when he died on April 26, 1955, passing away in the Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse. (BGR251)
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