He was the only son of Alexander and Emma Rose who lived at 63 John Street, Stockport. The 1901 Census records Alexander, senior, as aged 41 and he was born in Sheffield. Emma came from Stafford and was 39. Both were working as a "rabbit skin dresser", presumably in connection with the town's hat making industry.
Alexander, junior, was engaged to Lizzie who lived down the road at No. 41 John Street. He worked at Marshall's bleachworks. His original service number, 3033, confirms he was not an early recruit and may have volunteered late in 1915
Alexander died of wounds at a Casualty Clearing Station some miles behind the front line and is buried in the adjacent cemetery. It cannot be established exactly when he was wounded but it would have been either the same or previous day. Both are recorded in the Battalion History.:-
"In the early hours of July 5th a party of four officers and 133 other ranks (including ten R.E.s) raided the Caliban Trench and support trench, which were situated opposite the Hill Top Sector, Ypres. The object was to kill and capture as many of the enemy as possible, to destroy the enemy's defences, and secure information. In spite of strenuous opposition all objectives were achieved and information of considerable value obtained. Dugouts were destroyed and five prisoners taken. Two Military Crosses and four Military Medals were awarded for this raid.
On July 6th the front line was attacked by hostile aeroplanes and three men were killed and eleven wounded."