Rose-Cleland, Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham (Alfred)
1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 21)
Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France (Grave II. B. 3)
The death of Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham Rose-Cleland was reported in the 14 July 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator and, before that, in the 19 March 1915 edition, under the headline Clelands of Rathgael Bangor Notable County Down Family, the County Down Spectator published family details when he received his commission. The Rose-Cleland family had strong family connections with North Down and Alfred’s aunts lived at Rathgael, Bangor. There is a Rose-Cleland family headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard (where Alfred’s paternal grandfather was buried).
Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham Rose-Cleland was born on 12 May 1895 in the townland of Altnavannog, Dungannon, Co Tyrone and he was the only son of Henry Somerville Rose-Cleland and Elizabeth Ann Hargreave Rose-Cleland (nee Middleton) who were married on 10 May 1893 in Rathmichael Parish Church of Ireland Church, Dublin and who lived in Redford House, Moy in County Tyrone. Henry Somerville Rose-Cleland, a linen manufacturer from Moy was a son of James Dowsett Rose-Cleland JP DL (buried in Bangor Abbey Graveyard). Elizabeth Ann Hargreave Middleton from Dublin was a daughter of Alfred Middleton, a solicitor.
Alfred Rose-Cleland was educated at the Royal School in Dungannon and at St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin. Prior to the outbreak of the Great War he worked for the firm of McLaughlin and Harvey, contractors and builders, in Belfast. When war broke out he was working on a contract in Essex and he came home and joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served some months at Finner Camp in County Donegal and was a Lance Corporal when gazetted Second Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Later he was promoted Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham Rose-Cleland was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
CALLED AND CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL
REV. XVII. 14
Lieutenant Alfred Middleton Blackwood Bingham Rose-Cleland’s father died on 11 May 1929 and his mother died on 8 July 1938.