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Roland John Rose

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Rose

Roland John

6186

Pte

1 Wilts

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

Urchfont

29

Chippenham

Nelson's Place, No 6

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

25/09/1915

Ypres

Killed

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Menin Gate

Panel 53

Belgium

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Mrs A Rose (Mother)

6 Nelson's Place

Chippenham

Notes

A Company, 1 Wilts

CHIPPENHAM MAN RECOMMENDED FOR DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.

Mr J Rose of Nelson Place, Chippenham has three sons serving in His Majestyís Forces and news has come to hand that one of them, Pte Roland Rose, who is serving in France in the 1st Wilts has, according to the manís own statement, been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal. In His letter under the date 6 Sept sent to his parents "You will be pleased to know that I have been recommended for the DCM. I hope I shall be fortunate enough to get it. I donít think there is one DCM in our town at present and it will be a great honour to be the first Chippenham man to get it. I think myself lucky I am alive as we have just had a terrible bombardment losing about 130 of our chaps. It is said by some of the men that it was the worst bombardment all through the war. The Germans shelled our trenches for 3 days without stopping. I was recommended for digging a poor chap out who got buried by one of the German shells."

Wilts Times 18 September 1915

PTE ROLAND ROSE

Recommended for DCM but killed.

As reported in the edition dated 18 September Pte Roland Rose was recommended for the DCM in letter sent to his father. "You will be pleased to know that I have been recommended for the DCM. I hope I shall be fortunate enough to get it. I donít think there is one DCM in our town at present and it will be a great honour to be the first Chippenham man to get it. I think myself lucky I am alive as we have just had a terrible bombardment losing about 130 of our chaps. It is said by some of the men that it was the worst bombardment all through the war. The Germans shelled our trenches for 3 days without stopping. I was recommended for digging a poor chap out who got buried by one of the German shells."

To this there has been a sad sequel for on Thursday morning (30th Sept) Pte Roseís mother received the following letter:

"Dear Mrs Rose. I much regret to have to inform you that Pte Rose was killed by a shell when supporting an attack on the 25 September. He had been my servant for a few weeks and I had time to admire his courage and many good qualities. I feel that I have lost a good servant and a good friend. He was splendidly cool under the bombardment. It may be of some consolation to you to know that he did not suffer any pain being rendered unconscious at once.

I had the pleasure at the beginning of the month of recommending Pte Rose for bravery. A man was buried by the explosion of a shell and he volunteered to go out under heavy bombardment and dig him out. His sergeant who had asked for volunteers, and who has already been mentioned for this received the DCM, so you can be sure it was a gallant act.

Be sure that every one act of bravery is seldom recognised officially; if it were so, few of them could remain long undiscovered.

Yours truly Arthur Hales. Capt."

(Capt Arthur Hoare Hales MC was killed on 6th July 1916 on the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial)

Previously wounded while serving at the front and came home on short leave but as soon as recovered volunteered for the front only to be killed and to be deprived of the honour which it was hoped awaited him of receiving the coveted medal. We trust that the honour, though the hero cannot receive it, will not be withheld, but that the medal, as a posthumous recognition will be forwarded to the family for Mr and Mrs Rose have 2 other soldier sons. One of whom was wounded some time ago. Mondayís (27 Sept) post brought them the intelligence that another son Pte W Rose of 2 Wilts had also been wounded.

Wilts Times 2 October 1915

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

St Paulís Church

St Andrewís Church

Yes

Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church
Pewsham Street
Boys School
Congregation Church

Last updated - 03/11/2010

 

 


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