Rowe, Eric Kingdon (1886-1943)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 941 [edited image]. Middle name spelled Kingdom.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 941 [edited image]. Middle name spelled Kingdom.

Eric Kingdon Rowe was an architect who lived at 1919 Beach Avenue in 1915.

Eric Kingdon Rowe was born in Hampstead, London, England, on July 6, 1886 (some sources say 1888). His parents were Arthur John Rowe (1851-1906) and Jane Maude Kingdon.

From 1905 to 1907, Eric was articled to H. Leon Cubache. He later articled for three years with Sir John James Burnet in Glasgow. During Eric’s time in Glasgow he studied at the Glasgow School of Art; he may also have studied at the Architectural Association and at Southend Technical College.

In August 1910, Eric travelled to North America. He arrived in New York City, on his way to Portland, Oregon.

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1910; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 1526; Line: 16; Page Number: 88. Name: Eric Kingdon Rowe; Arrival Date: 2 Aug 1910; Birth Date: abt 1885; Birth Location: England; Birth Location Other: Hamptonburgh; Age: 25; Gender: Male; Ethnicity/ Nationality: English; Port of Departure: London; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Minnewaska.

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1910; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 1526; Line: 16; Page Number: 88. Name: Eric Kingdon Rowe; Arrival Date: 2 Aug 1910; Birth Date: abt 1885; Birth Location: England; Birth Location Other: Hamptonburgh; Age: 25; Gender: Male; Ethnicity/ Nationality: English; Port of Departure: London; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Minnewaska.

In 1911 Eric was an architect in Oregon.

Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1911, page 1246.

Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1911, page 1246.

On July 3, 1913, in Vancouver, Eric married Rita Mary Biggs. She was born on November 17, 1886, in Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Her parents were St John Alder Biggs (1855–1910) and Mary Josephine Ray. (Rita was a sister of Hesketh St. John Biggs (1891-1942), who lived at 952 Denman Street in 1919. Further information appears on the page for Hesketh St. John Biggs: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-b/biggs-hesketh-st-john-1891-1942/.)

In 1914, Eric was an architect with the Vancouver School Board. He was living at number 12, 1019 Bute Street.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 969.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 969.

In 1915, Eric was living at 1919 Beach Avenue.

In August 1915 Eric and Rita sailed from New York City to Liverpool, England.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 609; Item: 18. Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Name: Mr Eric K Rowe; Birth Date: abt 1887; Age: 28; Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States; Arrival Date: 3 Aug 1915; Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England; Ship Name: Cymric; Shipping line: White Star Dominion Line; Official Number:  106898.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 609; Item: 18. Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Name: Mr Eric K Rowe; Birth Date: abt 1887; Age: 28; Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States; Arrival Date: 3 Aug 1915; Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England; Ship Name: Cymric; Shipping line: White Star Dominion Line; Official Number:  106898.

On March 18, 1916, in Shorncliffe, England, Eric signed his attestation papers to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He served in France and he was discharged on April 14, 1919, under the general demobilization.

Eric Kingdon Rowe, discharge in England; Canadian Expeditionary Force; Regimental Number: 3554; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=613245. Digitized service file: B8508-S031; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B8508-S031.

Eric Kingdon Rowe, discharge in England; Canadian Expeditionary Force; Regimental Number: 3554; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=613245. Digitized service file: B8508-S031; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B8508-S031.

After the war Eric and Rita lived in London, England.

Ancestry.com. London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Electoral Registers. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.Name: Eric Kingdon Rowe; Year: 1939; County or Borough: Westminster; Ward or Division/Constituency: Paddington South; Street address: 3 Moscow Road.

Ancestry.com. London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Electoral Registers. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.Name: Eric Kingdon Rowe; Year: 1939; County or Borough: Westminster; Ward or Division/Constituency: Paddington South; Street address: 3 Moscow Road.

Eric died in Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, England, on August 3, 1943.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Eric Rowe [Eric Kingdon-Rowe]; Death Date: 3 Aug 1943; Death Place: London, England; Probate Date: 18 Nov 1943; Registry: Llandudno.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Eric Rowe [Eric Kingdon-Rowe]; Death Date: 3 Aug 1943; Death Place: London, England; Probate Date: 18 Nov 1943; Registry: Llandudno.

Rita died in Kensington, London, England, in 1973.

 

Sources

Arthur John Rowe (father of Eric Kingdon Rowe)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N3Z-VL6 : 1 October 2014), Arthur John Rowe, 1851; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Taunton, Somerset, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGGP-4CW : 21 October 2017), Arthur John Rowe in household of John Kingdon Rowe, Saint Mary Magdalen, Somerset, England; citing Saint Mary Magdalen, Somerset, England, p. 30, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPS2-8PZ : 24 October 2017), Arthur J Rowe, Mundon, Essex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9NR-RHK : 8 April 2016), Arthur J Rowe, Prittlewell, Essex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Prittlewell subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NBM-6S3 : 31 December 2014), Arthur John Rowe, 1906; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Rochford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Jane Maud Kingdon (father of Eric Kingdon Rowe)

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPS2-F2M : 24 October 2017), Jane M Rowe in household of Arthur J Rowe, Mundon, Essex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9NR-RH2 : 8 April 2016), Jane M Rowe in household of Arthur J Rowe, Prittlewell, Essex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Prittlewell subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Eric Kingdon Rowe

Eric Kingdon Rowe, DSA Architect Biography Report; http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=404045.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XRR-QW9 : 1 October 2014), Eric Kingdon Rowe, 1888; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hampstead, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPSL-4PZ : 24 October 2017), Eric R Rowe in household of Arthur J Rowe, Mundon, Essex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9N9-D44 : 8 April 2016), Eric Rowe in household of Harold Rowe, Margate, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Margate subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-J6G : 21 January 2016), Eric Kingdon Rowe and Rita Mary Biggs, 03 Jul 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Rowe, Eric Kingdon; Regimental Number: 3554; Date of Birth: 06/07/1886; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8508 – 31; Item Number: 613245; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=613245. Digitized service file: B8508-S031; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B8508-S031.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCC-9HB2 : 4 September 2014), Eric K Rowe, 1943; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Abingdon, Berkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

St John Alder Biggs (father of Rita Mary Biggs)

St John Alder Biggs (1855–1910); Birth 1855, Havant, Hampshire, United Kingdom; Death 05 Apr 1910 (ancestry.ca).

 

Mary Josephine Ray (father of Rita Mary Biggs)

Mary Josephine Ray (ancestry.ca).

 

Rita Mary Biggs (wife of Eric Kingdon Rowe)

Rita May Biggs (1886–1973); Birth 17 Nov 1886, Malvern, Victoria; Death Jun 1973, Kensington, London, England (ancestry.ca)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-J6K : 21 January 2016), Eric Kingdon Rowe and Rita Mary Biggs, 03 Jul 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVC5-7P5N : 4 September 2014), Rita Mary K Rowe, 1973; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVC5-Q85K : 4 September 2014), Rita Mary Kingdon Rowe, 1973; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Harold Rowe (brother of Eric Kingdon Rowe)

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPS2-KN2 : 24 October 2017), Harold K Rowe in household of Arthur J Rowe, Mundon, Essex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9N9-D4W : 8 April 2016), Harold Rowe, Margate, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Margate subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.