Roscoe, Thomas R

Thomas Richard Roscoe, Sgt 434, 45th Battalion, Australian Infantry
Died 27th September 1916 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 25

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Christopher Roscoe; husband of Annie Crapp formerly Roscoe, of “Bellvue”, Yarrowyck, Ormisdale, New South Wales. Native of Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.

 

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Sergeant Roscoe was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 6 October 1916:

A GALLANT WARRIOR, KILLED ON EVE OF HIS PROMOTION – After enduring the hardships of two years’ continuous fighting in three climes, Sergeant Tom Roscoe… serving with the Australian Imperial Force, has… fallen on the field in France. News of his death reached his parents, Mr and Mrs C Roscoe, 71 Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield, on Wednesday…

The sergeant… had been nominated for admission to an Instructional School for Officers in London. He should have left France for that purpose on the day he was laid to rest… Deceased was killed near Ypres by a rifle grenade on Sept 27th… Sergeant Roscoe’s father is the goods agent at the Hibel Rd Railway Station, Macclesfield, and his grandfather, the late Mr George Roscoe, was for many years the Superintendent of the West Park. Educated at the Modern School, he afterwards entered the employ of the London & North-Western Railway Company, and was engaged as a booking-clerk at the Macclesfield and North Rode stations. Seven years ago, when he was only 18 years of age, he emigrated to Australia, where he was married shortly before leaving for active service. On the outbreak of war he enlisted in Sydney and served in Gallipoli… from the first landing to the evacuation… on leaving the peninsula… was drafted straight to Egypt… Last June he was transferred to France and spent a few days with his parents in Macclesfield during Barnaby…

 

COMMEMORATION

Sgt Thomas Roscoe is buried in Grave Ref. III. A. 3. of the Ridge Wood Military Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium. His wife asked for the inscription “In loving memory R.I.P.” to be added to his gravestone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sgt Thomas Roscoe.

In Macclesfield, Thomas Roscoe is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, Trinity Wesleyan Church and the King’s School war memorials.


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