James Rose, Private 33510, 216th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Killed in action 18th November 1917 in Belgium, aged 21
James initially joined the local Cheshire Regiment with service number 3279 soon after the outbreak of war, and was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was drafted out to France in early 1916.
The Macclesfield Times printed a report of James’ death on 12 December 1917:
LOCAL ATHLETE KILLED – CHEERFUL COMRADE AND GOOD SOLDIER
Mrs Rose, 1 House, Slater’s Passage, off Old Park Lane, Macclesfield, has been officially notified that her son, Pte James Rose, Machine Gun Corps, attached Cheshire Regt, was killed in action in France on November 18th. Thee following letter has been received from Lieut A G Browne: “…Your son was killed instantaneously by shell explosion. He was always a cheerful comrade and a good soldier and will be greatly missed…”
A native of Macclesfield, Pte Rose was twenty-one years of age and received his education at Lord Street School… He was connected with Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel and in civil life was employed by Mrs M E Scott, grocer, Mill Street, and later at Messrs Marsden’s, ironfounders, Manchester. The deceased was a well-known local runner and footballer. He responded to the call of King and country on the outbreak of war. Pte Rose, after training at Aberystwyth, Bedford and other places, went out to France nearly two years ago.
Private James Rose is buried in Grave Ref. B. 23. of the Buffs Road Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Rose, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, James Rose is commemorated on the Park Green and Town Hall war memorials and on the Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ancient Order of Foresters and St John’s Church rolls of honour.