Private 29707 Charles J. Rosier
1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
Private Rosier was the son of Mr C J Rosier of the Croft, Hungerford, Berkshire. He was born in Hungerford and enlisted in Newbury. His residence at the time of enlistment was shown as Hungerford.
He died on Sunday, 11th August 1918, age 19. He is buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France.
(He is shown on the war memorial as Gnr (Gunner) this is incorrect but may indicate he started his army service in the Royal Artillery)
- Cap badge of the Dorstshire Regiment
The War Diary reads:
9th August 1918 – Battalion moved, with Division, to Beaucort Area.10th August 1918 – 4.30 am Battalion moved forward to Battle area. Fighting portion of Battalion took up position in front of Damery.
11th August 1918 – Orders issued that the battalion was to capture Damery Wood, Damery Village and to join the Royal Scots. At 9.30am the barrage opened and the companies went forward over the parapet. Casualties caused by heavy machine gun fire form direction of Parvillers.
Casualties: Officers killed 7, wounded 7; Other Ranks killed 26, missing 42, wounded 240 (1 gassed).