yeovil at War

Horace Baden Rowsell

Died of 'sickness' in Yeovil


Horace Baden Rowsell was born in Yeovil on 6 August 1900. He was the son of bricklayer William Rowsell (1874-1936) and Bessie née Rose (b1873). William and Bessie's children were William Charles (b1893), Ivy Kathleen (1894-1936), Archibald Claude Victor (1897-1918) and Horace. A fifth child died in infancy. In the 1901 census the family were listed at 12 Mary Street. By 1911 they had moved to 4 Crofton Avenue, at which time ten-year old Horace was a scholar.

Horace enlisted on 27 August 1918 at the age of eighteen years and ten months. He joined the Worcestershire Regiment with the Service Number 69541. Sadly we know very little of Horace's military career, other than he would have been based at Warwick. Horace was discharged from the army on 28 August 1919, the reason for his discharge listed as 'sickness'.

Horace died at home in Yeovil during the summer of 1920. He was just eighteen years old and was interred in Yeovil cemetery. His name is Inscribed in the County of Somerset Book of Remembrance in St Martin’s Chapel, Wells Cathedral and is recorded on the Yeovil War Memorial in the Borough.


Horace's brother Archie died of his wounds in 1919 - click here.