Friday, May 01, 2009


I noticed this English family tragedy while looking at records for Boarshaw Cemetery in Lancashire County, England. While a written record of this family would certainly make for interesting reading, try to imagine the heartache suffered by members of this family (Elizabeth Rowan especially!) as they experienced the loss of one family member after another:

Rowan, Alfred, d. 1 Jan 1902, age 2y 3 Mnths, s/of Gerald & Elizabeth
Rowan, Alfred, d. 15 Feb 1963, in his 57th year, s/of Elizabeth
Rowan, Elizabeth, d. 31 Oct 1947, age 79y, w/of Gerald
Rowan, Gerald, d. 24 Feb 1915, Killed In France, in his 22nd Year, s/of Gerald & Elizabeth
Rowan, Gerald, d. 25 Sep 1915, age 50y, h/of Elizabeth
Rowan, James, d. 20 Aug 1916, age 30y, Killed In France, s/of Gerald & Elizabeth

Note: It certainly appears as if the loss of his namesake son contributed directly to the early death of Gerald Rowan!


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