ROSE George William

On The Roll of Honour

George, was born in 1891 in Hunston. His parents were George and Sarah Ann Rose née Smith.

In the 1891 Census, George was aged 1 month. He lived in The Street, Hunston with his father George, aged 27, his mother Sarah, aged 21 and sister Ellen, aged 3.

In the 1901 Census, George was now aged 10 and is living in Westley Way, Badwell Ash, with his mother Sarah, aged 31, who was a Laundress; his paternal grandfather Robert, aged 73, sisters Ellen, aged 13 and Alice, aged 6, brothers Eldred, aged 4, Ephraim, aged 8, and Arthur, aged 2.

In the 1911 Census, now aged 20, George was living at White Horse Yard, Badwell Ash with his father George, aged 47, mother Sarah, aged 41, sister Ellen, aged 21 and a General Servant, brothers Eldred, aged 14 and Ephraim, aged 18 – both of whom were Farm Labourers, sister Alice, aged 16 and a General Servant whilst Arthur, aged 12, Florence, aged 10 and Reginald, aged 8 were all at school.

Military and War: George enlisted, as did his two brothers, Eldred and Arthur and joined the 14th East Yorkshire Regiment in the war as a Private, Regimental No 38192.

Unfortunately, no other record details have been located. It is highly possible that George’s records have been destroyed. In September 1940, as the result of a fire caused by an incendiary bomb at the War Office Record Store in Arnside Street, London, approximately two thirds of 6.5 million soldiers’ documents for the First World War were destroyed. Those records which survived were mostly charred or water damaged and unfit for consultation and became known as the ‘burnt documents’.

Post War: He married Edith Lydia Stearn in July 1922. George was Edith’s second husband. Her first, a John Robert Brown, was killed at the battle of Arras after they’d been married for only 3 years so as can be seen below she was rather unlucky with her 2 husbands. George and Edith had one child, Arthur George Thomas Rose, who was born on 16th October 1924 at Walsham le Willows and died in 2007.

George died prematurely in October 1928 at the age of 37 after being knocked off his bike in Stanton. There was a report in The Bury Free Press of October 13th 1928 of the funeral that took place at Badwell Ash. The service was conducted by The Revd. P. Fanshawe and from the report, there was a large number of people present. The report stated “Among many signs of regret and sympathy, the remains of Mr. Geo. William Rose, eldest son of the late Mrs. Rose and of Mr. Geo. Rose who met his death under tragic circumstances at Stanton was laid to rest at Badwell Ash on Friday last.”

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