|Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)||68547||10th Battalion|
Derbyshire Courier 12 May 1917
Alexander Ross, born in Manchester in 1880, was the son of William and Ellen Ross (née Curzon). He married Sarah Colledge in 1907. Alex was killed in the trenches on the Brown Line, near Arras, on 15th April 1917 aged thirty-seven. It was his birthday. He was the first married man in Crich Parish to lose his life in the war. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, on the Wesleyan Chapel memorial tablet as well as the Crich Church memorials.
Derbyshire Courier 12 May 1917
CRICH SOLDIER KILLED ON HIS BIRTHDAY
Further particulars regarding the death of Pte. Alexander Ross, of Crich, have come to hand. These are given in a letter from a companion, Pte. Walter Curzon, also of Crich, who was with Pte. Ross up to just previous to the latter’s death. Pte. Curzon writes to his sister: “1 don’t know whether you have heard about poor Alex. Ross. He wasn’t in the last charge that I have just taken part in, but he got killed by a shell. He didn’t suffer any pain, being killed instantaneously. We gave him a decent burial, the chaplain holding a service over him and I stood close by. There were Alex, and two other pals of mine killed at once. I had only left them two minutes before it happened.” In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. T. Ashton, of the Common, Crich, dated 29 April, Pte. Curzon writes: “Have, you’ heard about the death of Alex. Ross? He was killed by a shell as we were stopping by the railway side, his death being instantaneous. It was a lucky shot for me that I wasn’t with him as we had been together all the time until the same night.’’ Pte. Ross was killed on 15th April, his birthday. He was thirty-seven years of age.
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald
12 May 1917
CRICH SOLDIER KILLED
Sincere sympathy is felt in Crich with Mrs Ross, whose husband, Pte Alexander Ross, has been killed in action. Pte Ross only joined up last November, and he is the first married man from Crich to be killed, He leaves three young children.
Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Sherwood Foresters Roll
Killed in action in the trenches on the Brown Line near Arras, France.
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)|
|Date of Death||15/04/17|
|Additional Information||Son of E. E. Ross, of Darley Dale, Matlock and the late William Ross; husband of Sarah Curzon (formerly Ross), of Church, Crich, Matlock, Derby|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Bay 7|
1891: Laburnam Cottage, Crich
|Ellen E||Ross||daughter (wdw)||34||Dressmaker||Crich|
RG12 piece 2747 folio 6 page 5
1901: Parker Street, Derby
|Alexander||Ross||nephew||20||Assistant spring maker||Manchester|
RG13 piece 3215 folio 96 page 12
|Alexander||Ross||Head||30||Labourer platelayer railway||Manchester|
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Alexander Ross married Sarah Colledge in Q1 of 1907 in Belper Registration District.
Sarah Ross (née College) married George W Curzon in Q4 of 1919 in Belper Registration District.