Alexander Ross (1880–1917)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 68547 10th Battalion

Derbyshire Courier 12 May 1917

Alexander Ross in WW1

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.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier, 12 May 1917
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
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.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials A
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 10th Bn.
Age 37
Date of Death 15/04/17
Service No 65847
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
War grave certificate for Alexander Ross in WW1
War plaque in Wesley Chapel, Crich

Memorial inside the Wesleyan Chapel, Crich

Soldiers' Effects Book
Alexander Ross; 10th Bn Notts & Derby Private 65847; killed in action 15.4.17; War Gratuity £3; paid out to:
14.6.17 widow Sarah £1 12s 10d
24.7.17 widow Sarah 11s 9d
16.2.19 widow Sarah £3 0s 0d


1891: Laburnam Cottage, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Curzon Head 67 Tailor Crich
Sarah Curzon wife 63   Crich
Ellen E Ross daughter (wdw) 34 Dressmaker Crich
Alexander Ross grandson 10 scholar Manchester
Jessie Ross grand daughter 8 scholar Crich

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1901: Parker Street, Derby

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Curzon Head 46 Tailor Crich
Sarah A Curzon wife 44   Derby
Arthur Curzon son 17 Tailors assistant Derby
Edith A Curzon daughter 12   Derby
Alexander Ross nephew 20 Assistant spring maker Manchester

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1911: Alfreton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Alexander Ross Head 30 Labourer platelayer railway Manchester
Sarah Ross wife 28   Crich
Irene Ross daughter 2   Shirland
Edna Ross daughter 10 mo   Shirland

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