Military Cross Group to Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed.
Super MC in box of issue, unnamed as issued.
British War Medal and Victory Medal Pair named to 2. LIEUT. M. A. ROSE.
Second Lieutenant Merton Alfred Rose was killed, dying of wounds sustained in his MC action, aged 24 on the 19th September 1918. He is Remembered with Honour at Aire Communal Cemetery, France. He died at No. 54 Casualty Clearing Station, France.
The Citation for his Military Cross, London Gazette 11th January 1919 reads as follows:
2nd Lt. Merton Alfred Rose, 5th Bn, R. War. R. T.F. attd 2/6th Bn, T.F.
He carried out a reconnaissance personally in broad daylight under heavy fire, and then led his platoon forward with great gallantry and successfully outflanked the enemy’s position. He was afterwards severely wounded while attending to a wounded man.
The War Diaries covering the dates of the action between the 3rd and 6th September 1918 mention the actions of Lt Rose. They were on the left bank of the River Lys and River Still Becque. Lt Rose was commanding No. 10 Platoon.
The medal index card for Merton Alfred Rose confirms that he entered France on the 25th May 1916 as 307049 Private, 2nd / 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. His father’s address is given as L.H. Rose, Compton House, Swanage, Dorset.
His statement of service shows that he attested in the 4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment 11th September 1912 and transferred into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 16th May 1916 and was Commissioned 30th October 1917.
Records show that Merton Alfred Rose is on the Swanage War Memorial. They also show that an Osmond A Rose, 2nd Lt 5th Bn Dorset Regiment, also son of Lambert Horfield Rose, Swanage is on the same memorial. They were a year apart in age.
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