Posted 05 October 2006 - 03:14 PM
I would like to see this man's photo.
Extract from The 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War
Ross Capt. Arthur John. Born 22.5.1876 at Busby House, Renfrewshire, the eldest son of Charles John and Clarissa Findlay Ross (daughter of I. Wyllie Guild, Park Terrace, Glasgow), Oaken Holt, Oxfordshire, and Grosvenor Street, London SW. Educated at Britannia and had been a Mercantile Marine Officer, 1892–9, joining Paget’s Horse 1899.
Fought in the South African War (3.2.1900 to 24.6.1901) with the Imperial Yeomanry and later served as a Lt. with the 18th London Regt TF (London Irish Rifles). Married the Hon. Una Mary Dawson (later Lady Una Ross), 30.7.1904, at St Stephen’s Church, Kensington, daughter of the Hon. Anthony Lucius Dawson (son of the 1st Earl of Dartrey) and Mary Frances, Baroness de Ros (Premier Baroness of England), Old Court, Strangford, Co. Down, and 22 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge, SW. His address was Busby House, Renfrew. They had two sons: Peter, 8.8.1906, and Charles Dudley Anthony, 5.10.1907. Gazetted to 5th RIR in August 1904 and promoted to Capt., 7.6.1914. According to Thom’s Directory, 1912, he was a magistrate for Co. Down residing at Old Court.
Joined 1st RIR, 8.5.1915, the day before the unit suffered severe casualties at Rouges Bancs, but did not take part in the attack. He was Battalion Commander at Bac St Maur in the Divisional Reserve billets, 11–17 May 1915. One of the officers presiding at the FGCM of L/Cpl P. Sands, 30.8.1915 (later executed).
B Coy Commander. Wounded, 1.7.1916. ‘Fragments of metal above and below left elbow, no bone damage, damage to left hand’, and ‘He is also suffering from shock’. Evacuated to the UK, 6 July.
The MB declared him unfit for two months, 12 July. This was extended for a further two months, 12 September. A report, 1 November, said that he had been in a nursing home for six weeks and was still exhibiting shock symptoms. The MB at Kensington General Hospital, London, 2 November: unfit for another three months. The MB, 31.1.1917: unfit for general service for a further two months. It added another two months, 3 March, but, on examination 10 April, declared him fit. Rejoined the battalion, 4 May. During the attack of 31.7.1917 he was the acting liaison officer to 2nd Lincs.
Killed in action, 16.8.1917, and there are conflicting reports as to what happened. 25711 Cpl P.I. O’Connor, at No. 1 War Hospital, Reading, 18.9.1917: ‘ … killed by a shell crossing parapet in charge at Armentiers. His leg was blown off and he could not possibly have lived.’ 7184 Cpl Toner, Etaples, 10.9.1917: ‘He had his head blown off in the affair at Ypres on 16th August. I saw his headless body lying in a shell hole about 400 yards out from our front line, as I went past in the action.’ 43893 J. Jeffcott referred to Capt. Ross’ tattooed arm being found whilst going over the lines at 7 a.m. on the 16th. 7870 Rfn A. Madaine had him killed by a shell at 4 a.m., ‘head was cut clean off’. Against Madaine’s report had been typed ‘a very clear and intelligent informant’. 8978 Rfn W. Reilly, 1st RIR Bn Transport: ‘I took his body down to be buried to a spot about ¾ of a mile to the right of Ypres. It is about 100 yards off the main rood on the left going into Ypres from Menin. When I left there was no name put on that grave.’
A telegram was sent to his wife, 20 August, reporting Ross as missing on the 16th. His death was accepted for official purposes, 18.4.1918. An estate of £3,697.90 was left to his widow. Tyne Cot Memorial.
The main text for 1.7.1916 quotes the diary of Lt W.V.C. Lake:
'Presently Captain Ross, our Company Commander, came crawling along the trench quite oblivious of the groaning bodies that were under him. There was a glazed look on his face which was streaming with blood and in his mouth was a cigarette that would never light because of the blood on it. I said something as he passed but he made no answer, he just continued on his way on all fours like a wounded animal. I never saw him again and don’t know how far he got.'