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Sergeant John Lacy Rowlandson
John Lacy Rowlandson was born in Barrow in Furness in 1911. He attempted to enlist at the age of 15 but was at first declined as too young, however as he was very tall for his age, he was permitted to enlist but his date of birth was given altered to 1909. He enlisted in November 1927 and completed his basic training at the Regimental Depot at Bowerham Barracks in Lancaster. It would appear he served overseas with both the 2nd and 1st Battalions of the King's Own in the Sudan, Egypt and Palestine. He transferred to the Army Reserve in November 1935.
On the outbreak of the Second World War he was mobilised for service in September 1939 It is know he was at the Regimental Depot at Bowerham Barracks in around November 1939, but he was in the south of France in December 1939 on his way to Palestine to join the 2nd Battalion of the King's Own. It is not clear where he served 1940-41 but in January 1942 he was transferred from the King's Own to the Royal Armoured Corps he then served in France, Belgium and Germany with the 107th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, The King's Own, until his discharge on 13th December 1946.
After the war he was out of work for a while, but did obtain various employment, always with a uniform, at first with the Post Office, then Midland Bank Security, then Vickers/Armstrong Factory Security until his retirement at the age of 65 years. He was also a member of the Red Cross. He died in December 1981.
Medals to Sergeant John Lacy Rowlandson:
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