1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
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.
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.