British War & Victory Medals + RFR LS&GC
British War Medal and Victory Medal (A.B. R.N.), Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (SS 5517 (PO. B. 11237) J. ROWE A.B. R.F.R.) VF, swing mounted.
James Rowe was born in Preston, Lancs in 1895. He enlisted in the RN as an ordinary seaman in 1915 and served in the torpedo gunboat Spanker, deployed off the coast of Scotland. In June 1918 he was drafted to the cruiser Kent which made a passage from the UK to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nagasaki and Vladivostok. She remained at or near Vladivostok through the first half of 1919, supporting the anti-bolshevik forces and bombarding targets ashore. In July 1919 she returned to Hong Kong where her company took part in a victory parade. Rowe was then transferred to the Bee, flagship of the Yangtse gunboat flotilla, and carried out patrols in the interior of China. He was demobilized in 1920 and enlisted in the Royal Fleet Reserve.