Flower’s Cove soldier was one of the Monchy 10

Published on April 14, 2017

2nd Lt. Albert S. Rose, D.C.M., M.M., C de G. Flower’s Cove. Battalion Runner. Royal Newfoundland Regiment. First World War.

Note: This story was originally published in “Veterans of the North” by St. Anthony author Francis Patey. It is being republished with the permission of Mr. Patey.

Albert Rose won the D.C.M. at the Battle of Ledgehem and won the M.M. at the Battle of Moncy-le-Preux.

He is recorded in history as one of the nine soldiers who saved Monchy, the bloody battle in which 71 Newfoundlanders were captured from April 12-15, 1917. Seven officers and 159 other ranks were killed or died of wounds, seven officers and 134 other ranks wounded, three officers and 150 men fell into the enemy hands of whom 28 died of wounds or other causes while in prison.

As a Battalion Runner, Albert Rose was assigned to deliver messages on foot from the front line to the brigade headquarters.

Shortly before 2 a.m. when enemy snipers had become less active, and only on occasion shells were falling on Monchy, Colonel Forbes-Robertson sent his runner Albert Rose to the brigade headquarters with a report on the situation and an urgent request for reinforcements. He asked for machinery fire on Machine Gunwood, which from the movement in the area, appeared to be an enemy headquarters.

In the fine camaraderie, which linked the gallant handful of officers and men in the face of common danger, each man in turn grasped the hand of Private Rose before he crawled away on his perilous errand.

He succeeded in delivering his message safely and then, despite orders to the contrary, he again braved enemy bullets to make his way back and join his comrades on the firing line.

Because of Private Rose and his comrades, Monchy was saved.

He carried his message under his tongue with orders to swallow if captured.

He won the D.C.M. on the night of Oct. 4, 1917, when intense shelling scattered the ration party of which he was in charge. Rose calmly went about the task of dressing the wounded and collecting the rations, which he delivered to the appropriate companies.