In 1901, the family were living in Lancashire. In 1901, William, who was aged 3 months, had two older sisters, Annie aged 9 years, and Harriot aged 5. Both of these sisters and their mother were born in Northwich, yet the father Mark was born and living in Lancashire, young William Rowe also being born in Lancashire. It's safe to presume Annie's first husband had died, and certainly, in the 1911 census, the marriage is given as 16 years, which confirms both Annie and Harriot were stepsisters to William. The 1911 census also states 'total children born 6', and 'still living 4'. Only three children were living at Marston in 1911 and all were boys, therefore at least one of his two stepsisters had died and within the previous 10 years.
Mark Rowe was working as a Rock Miner at the nearby mines at Marston. Little doubt the connection that his wife Annie had with the town and with Mark Rowe working as a rock miner in Birkenhead in 1901, is what brought the family to Marston. They were living at 'Gibsons Fold Marston' which research suggests was at the back of Ollershaw Lane, which could mean anywhere. If you can help with this location please get in touch.
After conscription was introduced in January 1916, 18-year-olds were required by law to join the army. If you deserted the army, you were arrested and either given a spell in prison, some were given hard labour – or sentenced to death by firing squad.