William Rose (c.1896-1915)
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- ROSE, WILLIAM. Private. No 2416. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Lightcliffe, Halifax. Son of Police Constable Thomas Rose and Mrs Mary Ann Rose, 25 Paris Road, Scholes, Holmfirth. Attended Hepworth Parish Church where he was the organ blower.
- "When the 1/5th Battalion were going to camp at Marske in July 1914 he cut an artery in his arm through the breaking of a carriage window. He carried his arm in a sling during the week and on retiring home was treated by Doctor Ed Trotter who put some stitches into the arm and gave his certificate that Rose was medically unfit. Then came the order for mobilisation. Young Rose was in bed but in the absence of his parents he donned his khaki and fell in with his comrades at Holmfirth Drill Hall where his comrades gave him a hearty cheer. Police Constable Rose was that evening on duty at the station entrance and was quite unaware of the fact that the Territorials marching past him to the train included his son Willie."
- Killed in action, 28.9.1915, aged 19 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated MENIN GATE MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
- Lieutenant J.W. Clapham wrote to his parents, 'It is with deep regret that I write to tell you that your son, Private W. Rose was killed yesterday morning about 9.30am by a trench mortar during a bombardment. I feel his death very much myself as he was one of the most obliging fellows in my platoon. I often went out with him mending the wires in front of our lines and nothing seemed to frighten him. I hope it will be a little consolation to you to think that he gave his life for a noble cause.'