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Charles Holbrook Rosling


Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling - Regiment: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Unit Text: 3rd Bn. attd. 7th Bn. Age: 36 Died of wounds, received at the Passage of the Selle, 22nd Oct. 1918 Additional information: Only son of the Rev. Charles Douglas Rosling and Madeline Rosling, of Caerhays Rectory, Gorran, Cornwall. Born at Derby. Enlisted Aug. 1914. Formerly Trooper Royal N. Devonshire Hussars. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: XIV. A. 27. Cemetery: ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT

Above Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetry.

Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling National Archives Ref. WO339/54294 Military Papers

In 1891 the Rosling family lived at Horwells School, Launceston, Cornwall.

Name Relation Age Occupation Where born
Charles D. Rosling Head 33 Head Master BA London St Andrew, Bristol
Madeline Rosling Wife 28 Woolard, Somerset
Charles H. Rosling Son 8 St. James, Derby
Willam M. Snook 22 Assistant Schoolmaster BA Oxon Dalston, Middlesex
Blanche Horrel Serv 20 Cook Werrington, Devon
Mary A. Ball Serv 19 Housemaid Virginstow, Devon
Samuel S. Cole Pupil 14 Scholar Coryton, Devon
George Cobbledick Pupil 12 Scholar Bude, Cornwall
Ernest W. C. Carnell Pupil 13 Scholar Topsham, Devon
Lindon H. L. Saunders Pupil 14 Scholar Sandown, Isle of Wight
Lionel V. L. Saunders Pupil 11 Scholar St. Helens, Isle of Wight

3rd Reserve Battalion ‘D’ DCLI Attached 7 th Battalion.

Born May 24th 1882.

To American Womens Hospital 98, Lancaster Gate, London.

16.11.1917 Unfit Home 2 months (1 month Hospital treatment) till 30.12.1917

20.12.1917 Unfit Category A 1 month (3 weeks leave)

20.12.1917 Leave from 29.09.1917 to 10.01.1918 P.a. till 03.02.1918

Unfit 1 month p.a. till 07.03.1918

05.03.1918 Return to duty.

Discharged as private 13.06.1915 Aged 29 years 9 months.

5’ 11”

35” chest

Dark- eyes blue- light brown hair

T.F. 2338 Royal South Devons School Master

Born: Derby 29 years unmarried Schoolmaster

Joined Exeter 12th August 1914

Home 12.08.1914 Caerhays Rectory, Gorran, Cornwall

Add. The School, Bromsgrove, Worcs.

Disabled: Langemarck 26.09.1917

Gun shot wound right shoulder Shell fire

That in action he was wounded by St E Shell, a fragment of which entered ½” to right side of spine opposite 2 nd dorsal. It lodged and was extricated on 11.10.1917. No complications.

Was evacuated home 29.09.1917 Boulogne-Dover

Wound nearly healed. Had some pain in shoulder.

Wounded 20.10.1918 Died 22.10.1918

Army credits £223.3.0 310days at 13/6 = £209.5.0

Telegram 23.10.1918

Deeply regret Capt. C.H. Rosling DCLI died of wounds October 22nd. Army Council expresses regret.

November 8th 1918 Reference MS3 Cas/518A


I have received your communication with reference noted above and dated November 2nd 1918.

May I draw your attention to two errors in the body of same -so that your records can be amended.

My son died on 22nd October 1918 not on April 22nd as stated and was also attached to 1st Battalion DCLI and not 7 th as stated. He served with the 7th in 1916 & 1917 - until wounded in September 1917 - but on returning to duty in France this year was then attached to the first Battalion.

My thanks are due for the expression of sympathy in the loss of my boy.


Charles D. Rosling


Regret 18 Casualty Clearing Station report today Captain C H Rosling DCLI admitted dangerously wounded. Gunshot wounds abdomen. Regret permission to visit not possible.

£223.30 Rev. Chas. Douglas Rosling Caerhays Rectory, Gorran, Cornwall

C H Rosling died intestate

Effects: 1 packet wallet cards

3 cheque counterfoils

1 pass book

2 small note books

Photos papers

The War Memorial in Caerhays says

In memory of the men from this Parish who fell in THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

Charles Holbrook Rosling Captain First Battalion Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Born May 24th 1882 died of wounds received at the passage of Selle October 22nd 1918

Robert Williams 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards Born March 20th 1888 Killed at Loos October 8th 1915

John Francis Williams Lieutenant R.N. Born November 21st 1891 Killed in mining of H.M.S Russell April 27th 1916

Michael Williams Tucker Sapper 2nd Battalion Canadian Tunneling Company Born April 9th 1887 died of wounds June 5th 1917