Sapper Harry Rosson

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

24 Nov 1886

Date of Death

Sep 1958

Service Number

3132, 33080, 2205800

Place of Birth

Leighton Buzzard
United Kingdom

World War I Address

77 Bury Park Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Harry Rosson was born on 24th November 1886 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, 1 of 5 children born to Richard & Laura.

In 1891 the family are living on Hockliffe Road, Leighton Buzzard. Richard is 64 & a carpenter, Laura is 44. Frank the eldest son is 14 years old & working as a parchment maker's boy, 10 year old Lily & 8 year old George are at school, whilst 5 year old Harry & 2 year old Laura are at home.

Harry married Amy Gertrude Brightman on 24th December 1906 in Steppingly Bedfordshire. Their son Ronald Ernest was born in 1908 & daughter Marjorie Ethel 1910.

The 1911 census tells us that Harry is now 25 years old & head of the household, living with his family at 77 Bury Park Road, Luton. Amy is 29 & looking after their 2 children. Also living with the family are Harry's 63 year old widowed mother, his older brother George, 29 & Headley Farr, a boarder. The men are all working in the straw trade, Harry & George are straw hat stiffeners & Headley is a blocker.

Harry enlisted into the 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment on 10th July 1913, he was working as a blocker for Gurney & Cook of Cheapside, Luton at the time. His service record describes him as being 5ft 6 inches tall with a fair complexion, brown eyes, fair hair & honest, sober & reliable.

On 19th October 1916 Harry was transferred to the 3rd Battalion 6th Leicester Regiment & up until the 10th December that year Harry had been in the training unit until he was posted to France. On 2nd October 1917 Harry was wounded & sent back to England to The Red House, an auxiliary military hospital in Cromer, Norfolk to be treated for a GSW to his left hand. He was discharged as unfit on 10th May 1918.

Harry survived the war & returned home to 77 Bury Park Road where he found work as a painter.

On 11th April 1921 his service record tells us that he enlisted into the Royal Engineers with the rank of Sapper, served for a year & was discharged a Lance Corporal on 4th August 1922.

Harry died in September 1958.

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Author: KarenC

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