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George was born at Arnold in 1890 (birth registered A/M/J Basford), the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rose. His father, Jacob, was born on 4 August 1855 (d. 23 February 1901) and his mother, Elizabeth (nee Peck) was born in 1853; they were married in 1878 (marriage registered J/F/M Basford). They had eight children of whom one died in infancy: John (b. 1878), Millicent (b. 23 January 1882, registered J/F/M Basford), Samuel (b. 14 August 1883, died 27 March 1886), Harriett (birth registered 1887 J/F/M Basford), George (b. 1890, A/M/J Basford), Samuel (b. 1891 O/N/D Basford), Thomas (birth registered 1894 J/F/M Basford) and William (b. abt 1896). All the family were born in Arnold. In 1881 Jacob (25), a framework knitter, and Elizabeth (28) were living at St Alban's Road, Arnold, with their first child, John (2). By 1891 they had moved to West Street, Arnold. Jacob and Elizabeth now had four children: John (12), Millicent (9), Harriett (4) and George (10 months). Another son, Samuel had died in 1886. Jacob died in February 1901 and at the time of the census the same year his widow was still at the same address and described as a grocer-shopkeeper 'on her own account'. Her seven surviving children were still living at home: John (22) a baker, Millicent (19) a laundress, Harriett (14), George (10), Samuel (9), Thomas (7) and William (5). By 1911 Millicent (29) was assisting her mother in the grocery business, Harriett (24) was a hosiery mender hand, George (20) and Samuel (19) were hosiery hands, William (15) was an errand boy and Thomas (17) was a student, probably training to be a teacher as this was his future occupation. George married Minnie Webster in 1916 (marriage registered A/M/J Basford); they lived at 1 Albion Terrace, Calverton Road, Arnold. His brother Samuel married Agnes Anthony, also in 1916 (marriage registered O/N/D Basford); they lived at 67 Nottingham Road, Daybrook, Nottingham. At least three of George's brothers - Samuel, Thomas and William - also served in the war. William served in the Sherwood Foresters (13861 Private) and was killed on 12 March 1915 aged 19 (Le Touret Memorial) and Samuel served in the 2nd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (42872 Private) and died of wounds on 25 November 1917 aged 26 (St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery Belgium). In June 1919 Thomas Rose completed a form for the army listing the surviving relatives of his brother William who had been killed in 1915: Thomas was still living at 54 West Street with his widowed mother and his unmarried sister, Millicent, John was living on Furlong Street, Arnold, while their married sister, Harriett Driver was living at 52 West Street, Arnold. Elizabeth Rose died on 23 August 1947 aged 95; her home address was 50 Acton Road, Arnold. Of George's siblings, Harriett had married Frank W Driver in 1913 (marriage registered J/F/M Basford). The widowed Harriett died on 7 September 1963; her home address at the time of her death was 11 Acton Road. Millicent probably married in 1922 (Scattergood) and died in 1970 age 88 (death registered June, Basford). Thomas became head teacher at Front Street British School, Arnold.
He went to the British School, Front Street, Arnold, and the Robert Mellors School. He worked in the hosiery industry at Allen Solly & Co, Brookfield Road, Arnold.
28 Jun 1918
68881 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
7th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
He enlisted into the Army and was selected for a commission and was Gazetted second lieutenant into the Warwickshire Regiment, being posted to the strength of their 7th (Territorial) Battalion, but attached to the 15th (2nd Birmingham). The battalion was, of course, caught up in the big German advance (especially in the fourth offensive operation Gneisenau) and had to withdraw along with the remainder of the British and French Armies. It was during the fighting which took place in an attempt to repel this German advance that George was killed in action. He is buried in Thiennes British Cemetery, France, Row D. Grave 10.
He is also commemorated on the family headstone in Redhill Cemetery, Arnold, Nottingham. The inscription reads: ‘Sacred to the memory of Jacob Rose, born Aug. 4th 1855, died Feby. 23rd 1901. Also Samuel Rose born Aug. 14th 1883, died March 27th 1886. Thy will be done. Also of William Rose who was killed in action at Neuve Chappelle, March 12th 1915 in his 20th year. His sun is set while yet tis day, too soon his course is run, we scarce had time to mark the way while lo, his work is done. Also Samuel son of the above and beloved husband of Agnes Rose who died of wounds near Ypres, Novr 25th 1917, aged 26 years. Also George, another son, and beloved husband of Minnie Rose, killed in action June 28th 1918, aged 28 years, buried at Thiennes, France. And with the morn those angel faces smile which we have loved long since and lost a while.’ Nottingham Evening Post, In Memoriam, 28 June 1919: ‘Rose. In proud and loving memory of George, late second-lieut. 7th Bn Royal Warwicks. Killed in action June 28th 1918. Sweet memories cling around his name. Ever in thoughts, and sadly missed. Loving wife Minnie.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, In Memoriam, 28 June 1919: ‘Rose. In affectionate memory of our dear son and brother George, killed in action June 28th 1918, and buried near Thiennes, France. A beautiful memory left behind. Loving mother, sisters, and brothers.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, In Memoriam, 28 June 1919: ‘Rose. In loving memory of Second –Lieut. G Rose, Royal Warwicks, killed in action June 28th, 1918. Fondly remembered. Father (sic), brothers and sisters-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Note: notice probably inserted by the family of George's widow. Probate: Rose Jacob of Arnold Nottinghamshire died 23 February 1901 Probate London 28 June to Elizabeth Rose widow George Peck hosier and William Herbert Higginbottom architect Effects £993 6s. 10d. Probate: Rose Elizabeth of 50 Acton-road Arnold Nottinghamshire widow died 23 August 1947 probate Nottingham 6 December to Thomas Rose head teacher and John Samuel Scattergood coal merchant. Effects £410 10s.
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  • photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    George Rose - photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
  • Photograph shows George Rose when a Boy Scout.  Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley.
    George Rose - Photograph shows George Rose when a Boy Scout. Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley.
  • Rose family grave, Redhill Cemetery, Arnold, Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley.
    George Rose - Rose family grave, Redhill Cemetery, Arnold, Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley.