Rose, John

John Rose, Private 290591, 19th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 22nd October 1917 in Belgium, aged 23



John Rose was born in 1893 and baptised on 28 January 1894 at St Peter’s Church, Windmill St, Macclesfield, the son of Ann and Richard Rose, a stonemason of 17 Mount Terrace, Black Road, Macclesfield. In 1901, seven-year-old John was living at that address with his parents and siblings Richard E (15), Jane (13), Mary (11) and Ephriam (3). John was educated at nearby St Paul’s School.

The family was at the same address in 1911; by then, John had left school and was working as an errand boy. He was later employed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company.

John married Ellen Booth at Holy Trinity Church, Rainow in spring 1917, whilst he was recuperating from an attack of dysentery. Ellen later lived at Hough Hole Cottages, Rainow and subsequently at White Shop Cottages, Rainow.



John enlisted in Macclesfield with the 7th Cheshire Regiment in October 1914 with service number 2476, and after training was sent to the Dardanelles, participating in the landing at Suvla Bay in 1915. John spent nine months in hospital in Malta after a severe attack of dysentery and was later invalided home, marrying Ellen Booth in Rainow in 1917. He was subsequently transferred to the 19th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment with service number 290591 and sent to the Western Front.

John was reported missing in the Macclesfield Times on 7 December 1917:


Official news has reached Mrs Ellen Rose, Hough Hole, Rainow, that her husband, Pte John Rose, Cheshire Regt, has been missing since Oct 22nd. Pte Rose enlisted in October 1914, and went out with the local Territorials to the Dardanelles, taking part in the landing at Suvla Bay. Whilst on the peninsula he had an attack of dysentery and was in hospital at Malta for nine months, being subsequently invalided home. Later he was transferred to another battalion of the Cheshire Regt and drafted out to France.

Pte Rose is 24 years of age and a native of Macclesfield. He attended St Paul’s School, and before enlistment was employed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. Two brothers-in-law are serving – Driver Arnold Booth, RFA (who met Pte Rose in France), and Pte John Herbert Booth, who is in training at Ripon.

He was later assumed to have died on or since the date he was last seen, 22 October 1917, as reported in the Macclesfield Times on 30 August 1918:

Mrs Ellen Rose, White Shop Cottages, Rainow, has been notified that her husband, Pte John Rose, Cheshire Regt, who was officially reported missing from October 22nd, 1917, is presumed to have died on that date or since… His brother-in-law, Driver Arnold Booth, has seen over two and a half year’s service in France; and another brother-in-law, Pte J H Booth, is a prisoner of war in Germany.



Private John Rose has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 61-63 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Rose, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private John Rose is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, and St Paul’s Church war memorials. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on Rainow war memorial.



Brother-in-law of Driver Arnold Booth, RFA and Pte John Herbert Booth, who was a prisoner-of-war in Germany.



GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
CheshireBMD: Marriages
WW1 British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 
7 December 1917, 30 August 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)

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