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   Lieutenant Alfred Middleton Blackwood Rose-Cleland
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 05/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 12/05/1895
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham Rose-Cleland was the only child of Henry Somerville Rose-Cleland and Elizabeth Anne Rose-Cleland (nee Middleton). He was born in the Dungannon area on 12th May 1895. Alfred was educated at Dungannon Royal School and Columba’s College, Dublin. Alfred’s father was a linen manufacturer. Alfred Rose-Cleland was working for the building firm of McLaughlin and Harvey on a contract in Essex, England, when the war started. Alfred returned home to enlist in the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Alfred then became Lieutenant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Lieutenant Rose-Cleland was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916, age 21.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Auchonvillers Military Cemetery
  Auchonvillers, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave II-B-3
CWGC Casualty 72099
Auchonvillers is approximately 20 Kms south of Arras. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre-les-Puisieux. On leaving Serre-les-Puisieux, 3 Kms further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Auchonvillers. At the crossroads in the village centre follow the CWGC signs for Auchonvillers Military Cemetery which is on the outskirts of the village on the right hand side.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
2 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 47
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Rose Cleland family Lists Alfred as age 6 in Altnavannog, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Moy Rose-Cleland, H. S., factory manager, Redford
3 1911 Census lists Rose Cleland family Lists Alfred M as age 15 in Altnavannog, Bernagh, Tyrone
4 Photo of Lieut Alfred Rose-Cleland's gravestone
5 London Gazette - 04/04/1916 Second Lieutenant (promotion) confirmed
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 Our Heroes Irish Website Brief information on Lieut Alfred Rose-Cleland
8 St. Columba's College, Dublin Photo of 1914-18 Memorial Plaque
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Arthur Rose-Cleland headstone can be purchased here.
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