Ernest Benjamin (poss B E) Rouse

Name

Ernest Benjamin (poss B E) Rouse

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

22/03/1918
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
235073
Yorkshire Regiment
13th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ARRAS MEMORIAL
Bay 5.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1883 in Reedham, Norfolk son of John Rouse. He married Minnie B. Rouse in 1900 and they lived in 4 Elm Place, Ealing in 1911 and then in 37 Bengeo Street, Hertford.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Wembley and served in the 13th Battalion of the Green Howards were raised in July 1915 as a ‘Bantam Battalion’ taking men who would not normally have been accepted into the Army for not meeting the required height and chest measurement. They trained at Aldershot and were sent to France, landing at Le Havre on 16th June 1916. Shortly after they saw action during the Somme campaign at the battle for Ancre. During 1917 the fought in the German retreat to the Hindenburg line and at Cambrai. On March 21st 1918 they were heavily involved in the German Spring offensive when the area they were occupying near St Quentin was attacked and the whole of the British Third Army was virtually forced to retreat, on the following day Ernest was killed in action near St Quentin but his body never recovered.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins