William ROSS

Regiment:             Royal Army Service Corps  

Rank & Number:   
Driver, 6274 & T4/247167  

11 April 1878; Old Cumnock, Ayrshire  

                      29 May 1955; Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie  


WILLIAM ROSS was born 11 Apr 1878 in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, to parents William and Jane Dick.  He died at home at 5 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie on 29 May 1955 (aged 77, master butcher (ret.), widower). 
Note – he is named William Ross in all documents, although his name is given on the plaque as William D. Ross

He married Elizabeth Guy in Carmyle on 01 Jan 1906.   In the 1901 Census he is aged 22 and a butchers assistant, living Wellshot Place, Rutherlen with parents William (58, b. Muirkirk, coal miner) and Jane (51, b. Auchinleck)  

1911 Census, aged 32 and a flesher, he is living 52 Church Street, Maryhill, Glasgow with wife Elizabeth (37, b. England) and children William D (3, b. Carmyle) and Elizabeth G (2, b. Carmyle) 

In the 1915 Valuation Rolls, Mrs Elizabeth Ross is at 5 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie; and the 1920 Valuation Rolls have Elizabeth Ross, butcher, at shop, Curneil Villa, and William Ross, tenant, at house, Curneil Villa   1935 North Ayrshire Directory has Wm. D. Ross, butcher, Bourtree Bank    


Enlisted Glasgow 31 Aug 1914 (aged 37, butcher, nok wife Elizabeth, 18 Glasgow Road, Cambuslang and later Dunora House, Fairlie).  Theatre of war first entered was Egypt on 08 Jun 1915; he was posted Salonika 14 Oct 1915 to 13 Sep 1917 and Egypt 14 Sep 1917 to 27 May 1919.  Demobilized 9 Jul 1919 to Allanton Terrace, Fairlie.  His record states that he "understands the care and management of animals and takes a great pride in their turnout.  A good, all round driver".  His medal index card shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

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