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PIPER, Rowland Francis
(Service number 2/2510)

Aliases
First Rank Gunner Last Rank Sergeant

Birth

Date Unknown Place of Birth England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Care of R. J. McKeowan, Tycho Flat, New Zealand
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Frank and Emmeline Piper of Waihi Terrace, Geraldine, Timaru
Religion
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Field Artillery
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 8th Reinforcements
Date
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date

Discharge

Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 08/12/1917 Age
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in Action
Notices
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine Church Memorial; Geraldine War Memorial; Orari War Memorial; Taiko War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Rowland was born in England and was educated at the English College, Lisborn, Portugal. He came to New Zealand with his parents around 1911. Shortly after he joined the service of Mr R J McKeown of Tyco, as a cadet, subsequently working for Mr W.A. Morrison of the same district.

At the time of enlisting Rowland was a corporal in the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He joined the 8th Reinforcements in camp as a gunner on 25th August 1915 and left New Zealand in November of the same year. After undergoing further training in Egypt he went to France with the first batch of New Zealanders destined for that front, where he saw considerable service. He first went into action in May 1916 and passed through the battles of the Somme, Messines, and the third battle of Ypres.

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