Sunday, May 7th 1916 (Mother’s Birthday)

//Sunday, May 7th 1916 (Mother’s Birthday)

Sunday, May 7th 1916 (Mother’s Birthday)


James Rowell was brought up in the industrial East Midlands of England. His parents were very affectionate and godly people. They belonged to a Strict and Particular Baptist Church. James’ mother died before the war ended, on 28th March 1918, two days before he returned to Canada on a hospital ship. Her obituary filled two and a half pages in The Gospel Standard magazine (July 1918, Vol. LXXXVII). On the back of a photograph of his father, James wrote;

“My beloved father, his saintly life has spoken to me through the years.”

Also, of his mother he wrote;

“my darling mother, her loving gracious influence I can never overestimate.”

Similarly on the back of a picture of the house where he spent his childhood James wrote these words;

“The house, and home, called “Providence” where I was born. The home and household of a thousand mercies.”

When the war broke out in Europe, James’ mother was pleased he was so far from the danger. In a letter dated 26th April 1915 she wrote to him at Brandon College;

“My main reason for writing is to try and impress you not to come to England which is so unsettled. How often I say, ‘I hope James won’t come’…stay where you are for everywhere is in such a state of turmoil.”Rowell parents

Now, one year later he is returning home as a soldier, and he had not yet informed his mother.

Am now in the city visiting friends. This is dear mother’s birthday and I wish her every blessing both temporal and spiritual. Soon I shall see her (DV) and yet she does not know it. I hope all will be well.

(Personal Diary)




The Obituary of Anna Rowell (1851-1918) in The Gospel Standard

Gospel Standard, 1

The Gospel Standard, July 1918, pg. 217

Gospel Standard, 2

The Gospel Standard, July 1918, pg. 218

Gospel Standard, 3

The Gospel Standard, July 1918, pg. 219


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