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Cathedral asking for help over war hero
10:43am Tuesday 29th April 2014 in News
ST Paul’s Cathedral is appealing to find out more about an injured First World War hero who helped embroider the altar frontal at the London landmark.
The frontal was embroidered by servicemen recovering from their injuries and experiences in the First World War.
One of the men who worked on the project was Corporal John Levi Rose from Sturminster Newton, who served with the 2nd/4th Battalion The Dorset-shire Regiment.
St Paul’s is planning to display the altar frontal as a memorial and tribute to the men who worked on it as well as providing a focus for its commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.
Helen Jones, of the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, has provided information on John Rose from the museum’s archives.
She found out that John was born in 1894, had a brother and three sisters and lived in Bridge Street, Sturminster Newton.
He was serving in the 4th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment when war broke out and volunteered to serve in India in 1914, then served in Egypt and Palestine for the remainder of the war.
Nothing further is known about John’s individual service as his personal service record was amongst the many destroyed in the Blitz.
He was awarded the World War 1 Medal trio of the Territorial Forces War Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and went on to marry Mabel Elise Rose on April 21, 1924.
Anyone with information about John Rose or photos is urged to contact Michael Hampel at St Paul’s on 020 7248 1817.