Rowland was the eldest of three sons of solicitor Edward Moorhouse and his wife, Edith. He spent five years at the Prep before coming to the College at the start of 1912. He would go on to be a pupil for the next four years, leaving at Christmas 1915 whilst a member of the Classical Remove. After leaving he joined his father’s firm, Wilkinson, Howlett & Wilkinson, for a time, as well as holding a position in the London University O.T.C.
In September 1917 Rowland was gazetted to a commission in the Middlesex Regiment and proceeded to France that December. By the end of the year the unit was in Italy, and they served there for two months before returning to the Western Front in February 1918. He saw ten days of heavy fighting around St. Quentin not long afterwards, coming through practically unscathed. On April 19th however, on a hill at Wieltje, near Ypres, he was killed whilst leading his men in a counter-attack.