Rose, Hugh


Rose, who was killed at El Alamein on October 24th 1942 (a few weeks before his twenty-first birthday), was the seventh male of his family in the preceding century to die in the service of his country overseas. He was the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Rose CMG, and Ruth Antoinette Rose, of Kilravock Castle, Gollanfield, Inverness-shire, where the family had been established for over six hundred years.

Rose came to Sunnyside from Cargilfield, going on to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where after four terms he took good Seconds in French and German in the first part of the Tripos.

He then joined his father’s Regiment, the Black Watch, and went to the Middle East with 1st Battalion (1BW) in 154 Brigade of 51st (Highland) Division. The division sailed from the Clyde on June 20th 1942, arriving at Suez on 14th August for acclimatisation and training.

He was killed on 24th October 1942 at El Alamein.   His Brigadier wrote:  “Thanks to the leading of Hugh and his brother officers, the 42nd advanced dead straight and with never a falter through three miles of German defences.”

He is buried in grave XXVI.F.7 of the El Alamein War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Rose
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1935-1940
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Black Watch
  • Date of Birth: 26th November 1921
  • Date of Death: 24th October 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave XXVI.F.7