Rowlands John James Cpl 4456706

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Name Rowlands John James
Army number 4456706
Rank Corporal.
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Not yet known.
Age (At the time of his death). Not yet known.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry. No enlistment date but probably mid-1939. Posted ? 6th Bn DLI. Posted to the 10th Bn DLI - probably 1/9/1939. Served with the B.E.F. in France. A report to the effect that he had been declared missing appeared in the Auckland Chronicle of 18/7/1940. Taken Prisoner of War - notification received 12/7/1940 and reported in the Auckland Chronicle of 25/7/1940. Repatriated early to the UK - possibly as a result of illness. Discharged under King's Regulations 1940 Para 390 (xvi) 12/1/1944 as unfit for further service.
Company/Battery C Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not known but probably Rifle Section Commander.
Joined Brigade 1/9/1939.
Promotions None known beyond Corporal.
Wounded Not so far as is known, but his early repatriation may have been as a result of sickness or earlier injury.
Prisoner of War Yes - Stalag number 20A(4). Prisoner of War number 10510.
Died/Killed in action Thought to have died 12/8/1964 - probate granted 3/11/1964 at Durham - to be confirmed.
Home address Married Winifred Charlton at Sedgefield Q2 1930 - to be confirmed.
Source table 10DLI

The report that Corporal Rowlands had been confirmed as a Prisoner of War in the Auckland Chronicle of 25/7/1940 also mentioned that he was known as McDonald. No mention of this alias appeared to have been included in his Enlistment Book entry.