Thame Remembers 2nd Lieutenant Eric William Rose MC
Eric Rose was born in 1898, eldest son of William Cox Rose Esq. a dairy farmer of Moat Farm at Ford near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Eric attended Lord Williams’s Grammar School as a boarder from 1909 to 1914. He joined the Artists Rifles on 11th December 1916 as soon as he was 18 and subsequently served with them in the 28th London Regiment. He gained a commission in 1917 as 2/Lt with the 1/8th Lancashire Fusiliers.
On 25th March 1918 11 days before his death having been captured and then escaped he took over command of C company in a counter-attack after his CO was killed. An action for which he was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’.
He died in action on 5th April 1918 during fierce fighting at Bucquoy near Arras, but some confusion surrounds his burial place.
Despite official reports that his body was never recovered from the battlefield, Rev T B Hardy VC wrote that he had found Eric’s body in the ruins of Bucquoy and buried him there. The search for his grave continues by his descendant Michael Rose.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France on 01st November 2015 by Ron Roberts (Thame Remembers)