Harold Rowley was an employee of the Skipton Society, and was well known for his happy personality. He had joined the society in 1914, before being appointed as secretary in 1916. He was thought to have had a promising career ahead of him in the society, but not long after this he was called up for military service.
Rowley joined the 20th Hussars, which was later attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was sent out to fight in France, but not long afterwards he was seriously wounded. Unfortunately, he died as a result of these wounds on 5 October 1917. He was said to be much missed by the society.
Co-operative News, 27 October 1917, page 1031.
WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.