Lives Lived and Lives Lost - Portsmouth and the Great War

Born the eldest of four boys to John H. Ross (General Labourer) and his wife (Ellen/Nellie) in 1893, John Alexander Ross left home at the age of 16 years and enlisted in the army. The family had been living at 25 Albion Street, Portsea or 35 College Street when he departed.
At the outbreak of war he was serving with the Royal Fusiliers and was one of the first to be sent to France. He took part in the battle at Hill 60 (Ypres) and was killed on the 9th May 1915. He has no known grave.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission list Private John Alexander Ross (14611), 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, died 09/05/1915, aged 21. Son of John Henry and Ellen Mary Ross, of 19, Havant St., Portsea, Portsmouth. Remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial (Panel 6 and 8).
John Ross is also remembered on the St. George's Church WW1 memorial and the Cenotaph. He is listed in the 'National Roll of the Great War' Section X, p. 197 which gives the date of death as May 30th 1915.
Tim Backhouse
December 2013