Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Rowat was born August 19, 1878, in Winchester, Ontario. He enlisted on January 14, 1915, in Haileybury, Ontario, serving overseas with the 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action at Avion, France, on June 28, 1917, and is buried in the Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, Pas de Calais, France. Lieutenant Rowat is commemorated on the Cenotaph in the Major Edward Holland VC Memorial Park in Cobalt Ontario.
The collection contains 35 letters, 1 photograph, 1 newspaper clipping and 1 postcard. Most of the letters were written by Alex Rowat to the following members of his family:
Rev Andrew Rowat - father
Margaret McKenzie Rowat - mother
Donald - brother
William ("Willie") - brother
Rhoda - sister-in-law (Donald's wife)
Ina ("Tina"?) - sister
Note: The original handwritten letters have been lost but typed transcriptions were made sometime after the war. It is the scans of these typed copies that have been included with each letter.