Frederick Rose Chatteris Remembers
Frederick Rose MM Private No 12676, Battalion, No.9th battalion Suffolk Regiment Died 26th April 1917 Fred Rose was born in Somersham in 1888, the son of William and Emma. In 1911 he was 23 and still lived at The Watermill, Somersham fen, where he was described as a farm labourer. In a subsequent article in the Cambridgeshire Times it states that he had a wife and two children residing in Chapel Lane, so presumably he was married sometime after 1911. An article in the Cambridgeshire Times stated that he was one of the first soldiers to join up in the 9th Battalion of the Suffolk regiment in 1914. He moved with his battalion to France on 31st August the following year. The article suggests that he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, but all other records describe it as the Military Medal. This was, apparently, awarded for ”carrying a wounded comrade for five miles under heavy fire.’ He apparently was also acting as a stretcher bearer when he was killed in action on April 26th. He was buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos Project File contains: • CWGW certificate • 2 articles from Cambs Times • Medal roll • ”Soldiers Died” • Census returns for 1891,1901 and 1911 • Photographs of his grave • Extract from Regimental Diary
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