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Ambrose Rogerson was born and enlisted in Preston. He was 35 years old and had joined the Special Reserve in September having been ‘time expired’ from service in the 3rd East Lancashire Regiment (No. 8357) and since had been working as a crane driver.

Having been mobilized he sailed to France on the 29th November 1914.

Ambrose was married to Sarah (nee Allison) and had two children; Margret and Ambrose. They lived at 11 Sleddon Street, Preston.

His service papers state he died at No. 5 Clearing Station, Hazebrouk as a result of wounds sustained during a bomb explosion on 6th December 1914.

War Diary. 6th December 1914; Hazebrouck

At about 09:00AM three bombs were dropped from a German aeroplane, hitting a house within C Company’s billets and wounded 9 men and killed 9 men. Pte Devine died of wounds in hospital later – making total casualties 8 men wounded 10 killed. Several civilians were also wounded and eight killed including two children. The Prince of Wales who was visiting the battalion billets that day expressed his sympathy with the Regiment.

A local newspaper reported his death.


SDGW incorrectly reports that Private Rogerson was killed in action (KIA) on 14th December, however his service papers and a newspaper article show he actually died of wounds (DOW) sustained during the bombing.



Rank: Private
Service No: 3451
Date of Death: 14/12/1914 (DOW)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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