Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Rifleman Albert Edward Rose, 6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles), the London Regiment, died of wounds received in action.
One of a family of six children, Rifleman Rose had been employed as a hosiery assistant since 1911. He enlisted at the outbreak of the Great War, and arrived in France in March of 1915. The photograph of Rifleman Rose was taken in his family’s back garden just before he left for France.
His battalion (known as “the cast-iron 6th) was heavily shelled for several days while holding the line adjacent to the fighting during the Battle of Festubert, and later in the year saw action at the Battle of Loos. Rifleman Rose lies buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, and on his headstone are the words: “To live in the hearts of those you left behind is not to die.”
Albert, from Camberwell, was 22 years old.