Corporal James B Rose

30 May 1945

James Bartington Rose was the son of Harry John and Sybil Rose, of Ilkley, Yorkshire. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Corporal Rose successfully completed Air Despatcher training and was posted to 253 (Airborne) Composite Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

It is probable that Cpl Rose was in Stirling LJ-618, base Harwell which crashed after being hit by Flak over the DZ near the village of Puiflijk, on 20 September 1944. The pilot was killed and, of the survivors, all except Rose and one of the RAF crew escaped to allied lines. As a POW he was in Stalag XIIA and later Stalag VIIIC. He was repatriated to the UK on 7 April 1945, and died of pneumonia, acute pulmonary oedema, malnutrition and frostbite at the High Reyds Emergency Military Hospital, Menston, Yorkshire on 30 May 1945, aged 39, and is buried in the Ilkley Cemetery, Yorkshire.

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By Rod Gibson

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