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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 21428 Frank Rouse

  • Age: 22
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • D.O.W Monday 29th October 1917
  • Commemorated at: Dozinghem M C
    Panel Ref: X.A.8

Frank Rouse was born 29th October 1895 at Liverpool and was baptised 3rd November 1895 at Christ Church, C. of E. Church, Everton. He was the son of Frank and Jane Anne Rouse, of 27, Norwood Grove Liverpool. He was educated at the Liverpool Collegiate School from 1909.

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 83 White Rock Street West Derby Road Liverpool. His father, Frank aged 45, is a mariner who was born in 1866 in St Ives, Cornwall. His wife Jane Ann is aged 51, born 1860 and is a teaching assistant and was born in Liverpool. They have been married for nineteen years and have had three children of which one had died, Jessie aged 18, born 1893 and Frank aged 15 are both students. Also living at the address are Allan McRonald a widower aged 75, born 1836 on the Isle of Skye and their sister in law Frances Marion Crook aged aged 34, born 1877 a confectioner and her four school children, Mabel Frances aged 13, born 1898, Annie Violet aged 11, born 1900,John Willacy aged 9, born 1902 and Mary aged 6, born 1905.  

He enlisted on the 24th September in Liverpool and was aged 19 years and 30 days, and gave his occupation as a clerk. He was 5 feet five inches tall, weighed 113lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair and gave his religion as Church of England.

25.03.15: Laziness on duty confined to barrack for two days.

17.07.15: Neglect of duties as Mess orderly confined to barracks for six days.

03.11.15: Absent from 6.45am parade confined to barracks for three days.

07.11.15: Embarked for France from Folkestone.

03.02.16: Awarded 20 days Field Punishment No1 for disobedience of battalion orders.

11.03.16: Attached to 89th Infantry Brigade.

26.04.16: Wounded and sent to Field Ambulance. Admitted 65 Field Ambulance with gunshot wound to armpit and back.

26.04.16: 21 C.C.S admitted with gunshot wound to right shoulder.

27.04.16: 10 General Hospital at Rouen: Admitted with gunshot wound to right shoulder.

30.04.16: Sent to England with wound to right shoulder (severe).

18.06.17: Overstaying draft leave until 10pm 19.06.17 confined to barracks for seven days.

25.06.17: Absent from night operations confined to barracks for three days.

28.06.17: Absent from defaulters drill at 6pm confined to barracks for 14 days.

He was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 21428 when he died of wounds gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen on the 29th October, 1917 aged 22 during the third Battle of Ypres.

His father received his personal effects which included Identity disc, letters, photographs, diary, cap badge, purse, nail clippers and one watch.

He now lies in Dozingham Military Cemetery, Westvleteren, Belgium. The Inscription on his headstone reads:


Frank’s death was announced in the Liverpool Echo on 5th November 1917:

“October 29, killed in action, aged 22 years, Private Frank Rouse, K.L.R., the dearly-beloved and only son of Captain Frank and Jane A. Rouse, 27, Norwood Grove.”
And in the In Memoriam notices in the Liverpool Echo on 30th July 1918:

“VOCE - In sweetest memory of our dear boy IRVINE, and of his chum WILLIAM WRIGLEY, who fell at Guillemont, July 30, 1916; also of his chum FRANK ROUSE, killed in action October 29, 1917, all 3rd Pals. R.I.P.”

Frank is also commemorated at Liverpool Collegiate School.


Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old