John Levi ROSE

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John Levi ROSE

Corporal John Rose
2nd, Fourth Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment

John Levi Rose was born in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, circa 1894. His parents were James and Emily. He had a brother called James Thomas and three sisters – Rebecca, Eliza Emily and Dinah Maria. His father, James Rose, was a Naval Pensioner (no. 84499). In 1911 the family were living in Bridge Street, Sturminster Newton – as were other Rose families.

Before he joined the Army, John was a house painter and was also a member of the 4th (Territorial Army) Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, with Army Number 1441. This number suggests he joined the Battalion in approximately 1912. He was serving in the 4th Battalion when war broke out and he volunteered to serve overseas (including India) by the 30th September 1914. We know this because these were the conditions for the award of his Territorial Forces War Medal which was the least common of the World War One Campaign Medals.

John sailed to India with the 2nd / 4th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in December 1914. The Battalion were in India on garrison service so their time would have been spent in training, guard duties, exercises and sport. The Battalion later sailed to Egypt where they served in Egypt and Palestine for the remainder of the War. In June 1917 the Territorial Army was renumbered to six-figure numbers and John’s new number was 200258. He is not listed in the 1918 Absent Voters list, so was either not on the electoral register, or not overseas in April 1918 – but he was not discharged from the Army until 10 October 1919 .

We do not know anything further about John’s individual service as his personal Service record was amongst the many destroyed in the Blitz. He was awarded the World War One Medal trio of the Territorial Forces War Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

The only other record we have of him is that he married Mabel Elsie Rose in Sturminster Newton on 21 April 1924. Rose was a very common name in Sturminster Newton and the Rose family as a hold had been connected with the Dorset Militia from the middle of the 1700s.

Corporal Rose was treated at the Red Cross Hospital, Netley.

Information courtesy of Helen Jones, The Keep Military Museum, Barrack.

Rose, Corporal John Levi - medal card
Rose, Corporal John Levi - papers 1

Documents courtesy of The Western Front Association