Herbert was born in Beckenham, Kent and had been educated at Manchester Grammar School. For some years before the war, he had been in business with Messrs Allen, Arthur, Fletcher & Co, handkerchief printers of Manchester. He married Caroline Waterman on 2 August 1899 at Christ Church, Addiscombe, Surrey and, in July 1900, they had a daughter, Marion. At that time, the family was living at 35 Ladybarn Lane, Rusholme, Manchester. By 1905, they had moved to 27 Oak Road, Withington when, on 29 October, their second daughter, Margaret, was born. When war was declared in 1914, they were living at "Treganna", Cheadle.
In 1884, he had joined "F" Company, 6th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers (during the war this became the 6th territorial battalion of the Manchester Regiment). In 1906, he retired with the rank of Colour Sergeant and was presented with a sword by the officers and men of the company. Later he took a commission in the 5th (Ardwick) Volunteer Battalion of the Regiment (which became the 8th when the Territorial Force was formed in 1908). He was a fine shot and had represented the Battalion in national competitions at Bisley.
The Territorial battalions were mobilised as war was declared and, within a few weeks Herbert was on his way to Egypt in command of one of the Battalion's companies. He spent the next seven months there. Click here for some details of this period. On 3 May 1915, the Battalion left the safety of North Africa to go into action at Gallipoli, landing on the 7th. He was killed during the Battalion's attack at the Third Battle of Krithia.
Herbert Rose had been a warden of Cheadle Parish Church and is commemorated on a copper tablet in the church. Caroline Rose did not survive her husband for long. She died on 18 October 1916. In about 1920, his eldest daughter, Marian, was known to be living at "Bollinside", Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow.
(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)