Roseman, William (No. 16573)

Roseman, William


No. 16573, 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Killed in action on Monday 27 September 1915 (aged 27)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Loos Memorial, France (Panel 106 and 107)

Spennymoor War Memorial

Spennymoor Urban District Book of Remembrance 1914 – 1919

Son of Munition Worker Ross Roseman (No. B/539)

Cousin of Lance Corporal Hugh Doggart MM (No. 3914)

Cousin of Rifleman James Doggart (No. 17575)

Cousin of Rifleman William Doggart (No. 18/329)


In some records his surname is spelt Rosemond, in others Rosmond and in others Rosin.

William Roseman was born in Newtownards on 2 October 1887 and he was a son of Robert (Ross) Roseman and Mary Roseman (nee Anderson) who were married on 8 September 1879 in Belfast Registrar’s Office.  The Roseman family moved to Bridgeton, Lanarkshire and later to Gateshead-on-Tyne where William worked as a labourer.

William Roseman and Edith Armes were married in 1913 (marriage registered in the 2nd quarter of 1913) in Easington Registrar’s Office, Easington, Co Durham and they lived in Crossley Cottage, Jackson Street, Spennymoor, Co Durham.

When William Roseman enlisted in Durham on 10 September 1914 it was noted that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall and weighed 132 lbs.  He declared that he was married and had five children.  In 1919 Edith declared that her address was Steel Grove, Steel, Riding Mill-on-Tyne, Northumberland and she had four children still living:

Elsie (born 17 February 1902)

Thomas Frederick (born 26 September 1903)

Alice (born 26 October 1905)

George (born 6 May 1908)

These children were born in the USA and were William’s stepchildren.  William and Edith Roseman had one child of their own – a daughter named Mary who was born in November 1913 and died of measles bronchitis on 18 December 1914 in Crossley Cottage.

Private William Roseman served with the 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and, after a period of home service, he went to France on 11 September 1915.  Two weeks later, on 27 September 1915, he was reported missing presumed dead.

Private William Roseman (No. 16573) was 27 when he died, and he has no known grave.

Private William Roseman (No. 16573) is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France; on Spennymoor War Memorial and in the Spennymoor Urban District Book of Remembrance 1914 – 1919.

William Roseman’s father, Munition Worker Ross Roseman (No. B539), also died during the First World War.

William Roseman’s cousins, (his aunt Mary’s sons), Hugh, James and William Doggart also died during the First World War.