Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
Copies of the guidebook
are available at the
Edward George ROSE
143rd Company, Machine Gun Corps
Edward was born circa 1894 in Warwickshire, the son of Mary ROSE, but by 1911 he was working as a farm labourer at Blaenllan, Maesllyn living with the family of David & Elizabeth JONES
Initially he enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment but at the beginning of 1916 he was transferred to the 143rd Company, Machine Gun Corps. The Company saw its first major action during the Battle of the Somme, then at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, capturing Ovillers. At the end of July the Division took part in the Battle of Pozieres Ridge, and later at the Battle of the Ancre. Edward was killed in action during the Battle of the Ancre, on 24 November 1916, aged 22. He is buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France.
A British machine-gun post of WW1
photo with permission © IWM (Q 5159)