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Military Funerals

Funerals for Veterans and the Armed Forces with Rowland Brothers

Rowland Brothers are dedicated to honouring those who have served our countries and put their lives on the line for the United Kingdom.

We are proud of the men and women who have sworn allegiance to the Queen and are committed to honouring these Veterans to the best of our ability.

We work efficiently and compassionately to deliver a personal day that honours the formal requirements of the service while assisting the family with the many regulatory procedures included in service personnel funerals.

For instance, the Union Flag draped over the coffin, a wreath from their parent Regiment or Royal British Legion, Standard Bearers, Last Post and Reveille played are traditions carried out at no extra cost to families.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The government published the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011 setting out the relationship between the nation, the armed forces and the government the same year Croydon became the first London borough to sign a Community Covenant.

Rowland Brothers are proud to be the first funeral directors in the Country to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, showing our commitment to supporting those who service men and women and their families.

Bronze Award Holders

We’re delighted to have received the Bronze award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

At Rowland Brothers we recognise the skills and talent service personnel can bring to our organisation.

If you’d like to apply for a career with us, find our current vacancies on the careers page.

Our Story

The Rowland Family have a history of serving their country, the reason such a strong esprit de corps persists at the firm.

Director, Tony Rowland’s Great Grandfather was Admiral Reed, the captain of the last sailing warship in the British Royal Navy. During his illustrious career, Reed mapped the China Sea.

Throughout the generations, the Rowland Brothers continued to serve their country.

Clarence Arthur Nelson Rowland (Arthur)

Arthur joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1939 when war broke out. He was sent to the Middle East and saw service in El Alamein in 1942. He was demobbed in 1945.

James William Rowland (Jim)

Jim joined in 1942 also into the Royal Army Medical Corps. Jim took part in the D-Day landings in 1944 and was also demobbed in 1945.

Anthony Rowland (Tony) Director of Rowland Bros.

Tony completed his national service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He joined on 21st March 1957 and was demobbed on 19th March 1959. Tony was a lance corporal, camp carpenter and a regimental drill instructor.

Our Staff Who Have Served

Rowland Brothers are proud to be part of the Armed Forces covenant and were the first funeral directors in the country to do so, pledging our ongoing support to British servicemen and the community.

Harry Humphreys – Driver & Bearer

Colin Walker  – Chauffeur Bearer, ex-Royal Regiment Fusiliers

Brian Freeman – Funeral Arranger, ex-Royal Military Police

Neil Athron Business Development Manager ex-Royal Air Force Regiment

Military Services We’ve Conducted

We’re proud to say we’ve conducted and organised a diverse range of veterans funerals, honouring them with the fitting traditions, ceremonies and tributes.

We’ve scattered the ashes of an ex-Royal Navy wren from the HMS Belfast, used the same gun carriage that was used to carry Lord Mountbatten in our veteran’s funerals, giving them the recognition and service they deserve.

The veterans we’ve carried our funerals for include:

  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Scots Royal Regiment
  • Royal Artillery
  • World War 2 Special Forces Phantom
  • Royal Air Force
  • Grenadier Guards

If you’d like to enquire about our Military Funeral Service, please get in touch.

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