Sad Times and Unfortunate Happenings in
It is recalled in the family that Henry
Rose turned out to be the clever businessman, while his
brother David was the driving force behind the business. It
is unlikely that David had much of an education, he seems to
have been a man who knew where he was going, and only
befriended people who could further his cause. Woe betide
anyone who got in his way, even close relatives.
In 1865 Annie York came to work for the
family as a cook. At the time David junior was away at
school. On his return at the end of term, he fell in love
with Annie, and they soon decided to marry. The young couple
walked to Birmingham with Annie’s brother and caught a train
to Kenilworth, where they got married. At the time David was
under age, being just seventeen years old, and must have
forged his father’s signature on the marriage certificate.
When his father discovered what had happened he was furious,
and had his son arrested for stealing his brother's boots.
He locked David junior in his room and had him stripped of
his clothes so that he couldn't escape. He tried to write
and see Annie, and so in 1868 his father sent him to join an
expedition to South America that included his cousin
William, known as Amazon Bill (son of David senior’s brother
They travelled to Brazil along with a
group of people from Wednesbury, but the conditions there
were poor, and they were plagued with yellow fever. While
they were away it was discovered that William’s wife was
pregnant, and so they only stayed for a year before
returning home. While they were away, David Rose senior had been sued by Annie’s father for her
upkeep. Being crafty, he had his son declared bankrupt, but
still had to pay 25 shillings a week for 180 weeks. From
then on it seems that David junior had nothing to do with
his father. He became an office clerk, and lived in Dudley
Street, Bilston. By 1881 Annie York was working as a servant
in Yorkshire. She never remarried, and died in 1909 at the
age of 66.
A letter exists from David senior’s
daughter Elizabeth, which was sent from Lime House finishing
school in Walsall. At the time she was feeling homesick, and
asked if her parents could possibly take a very pleasant
drive in the direction of Lime House when they were out one
day. She asked if they could bring some stamps, and her
gardening tools. Elizabeth never married, she did some of
her father’s paperwork, and looked after him until his
death. She died at the young age of forty three from heart
disease. At the time she was living at 10 High Street,
David and Zebiah’s Eldest Son
Their eldest son, Henry Fullwood Rose
went into partnership with his father, and two of his
brothers, William, and Arthur. In 1883 when the iron trade
was in recession he left the business, dissolved his
partnership and moved to Bath, where his wife Emily had been
born. By 1891 they were living at 18 Grosvenor Place, Bath,
from where they moved to houses in nearby Pulteney Road,
ending up 93 Sydney Place, Bath in a fine Georgian town
house which is now Grade 1 listed. They also had a holiday
retreat at Burnham-on-Sea, called Hope House.
Captain Leopold Mclaglen. From his
book ‘Police Jiu-Jitsu’ published in 1922.
Henry and Emily had two children. Their
daughter, Gladys, born in 1881 married Captain Sydney Temple
Leopold Mclaglen, known as Leo. After their marriage in 1905
they had a daughter, Pheobe Gladys Mclaglen who was born in
Leo was a colourful character with a huge personality,
but could be overbearing and eccentric. After serving with
the Mounted Infantry in the South African War, he worked as
a doorman in a Milwaukee movie theatre and began to fight in
He also appeared in the vaudeville
circuit in Texas with the Romano Brothers troupe. He was Jiu
Jitsu champion of the world and wrote the book ‘Police
Jiu-Jitsu’ published in 1922. His brother was the well known
Hollywood movie star Victor Mclaglen who appeared in many
Unfortunately Leo left Gladys, and
later turned up one day on a motorbike to see his daughter,
and took her away without her mother’s permission.
Henry and Emily’s other child, Ronald
Henry Ivan Rose was born in 1890 and married Alma Clear in
1915. Ronald studied at Magdalen College, Oxford but
enlisted into the army when war broke out. He became a 2nd
Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion on 10th September 1914, but
sadly was killed in action in the Battle of Arras on 28th
April, 1917. They had a son in 1916, Ronald Henry Fullwood
Rose who became a journalist after also studying at Magdalen
Henry Fullwood Rose died on 7th
January, 1918. He left £4,830-12s to his wife Emily, who
died in 1944 at the age of 85.
David and Zebiah’s Youngest Son
Their youngest son, Arthur Thomas
Frederick Rose ran the sand quarry near David's works. In
1882 he married Emily Stokes, in Dudley. Her father, a
solicitor, and his family lived at Ednam House, Dudley which
is now occupied by Dudley social services. By 1891 Arthur
and Emily were living in a large house on the corner of Oaks
Crescent, off Merridale Road, Wolverhampton.
Unfortunately they fell on hard times
after the closure of the family’s ironworks at Moxley, and
by 1901 were living in a smaller house in Russell Street,
Dudley. They had two sons, the Reverend Joseph Claud Rose, a
Clerk, and Arthur C. Rose, who was born in Dudley in 1890,
and became a famous pantomime dame.
Arthur Rose senior continued to run his
sand quarry for a while, but by 1911 the family had moved to
Garston, Liverpool where he was working as an inspecting
engineer. He died in 1927 and left £235-8s to his widow
Emily, and his son Joseph.
Their second son, Arthur C. Rose,
became known as Clarkson Rose, and had an extremely
successful career on the stage.
He made his first appearance
in1905 at the Mechanics Institute, Dudley, with the billing
"A. C. Rose - Comedian" and later formed his own concert
They had a summer show called "Twinkle" which was
shown at seaside resorts for 40 years. He appeared in
repertory in Liverpool, and took to the London stage in the
‘Clarkie’, as he was known, married
Malvin Askew in 1911. The marriage was probably encouraged
by his father, because Malvin's father was a physician and
Unfortunately the marriage didn't last. They had a
daughter, Ruth, in 1914.
Clarkson Rose. Courtesy of Mary
The cover of Clarkson's autobiography.
|In 1918 Clarkson met Olive Fox, and
they formed a double act known as Fox and Rose.
his second wife. He wrote his autobiography, "With a Twinkle
in my Eye", published in 1951.
In chapter one he describes
life as a youngster, and the visits he made with his family
to Goldthorn Court, and Ednam House, the grand houses where
his ancestors lived.
Clarkson died on 23rd April, 1968 at
Eastbourne, aged 77. He had been on stage for nearly 60
David and Zebiah’s Second Son
William Napoleon Rose, a gent and
ironmaster, married Lydia Gardner at King's Norton in 1868.
Sadly the marriage was short-lived. She died in 1878 of
scarlet fever. There is a memorial plaque to her in All
Saints’ Church, Moxley. William and Lydia had five children:
|Lydia Louisa Rose, born in 1870
|Mary Eleanor Zebiah Rose, born in 1871
|Edith Alice Lizzie Rose, born in 1872
|Maria Gardner Rose, born in 1874
|William David Rose, born in 1877
In 1880 William married Mary Beaman at
All Saints’ Church, Moxley. She was a spinster and
governess. They had three children:
|Dorothy Rose, born in 1881
|Hyla Frederic Rose, born in 1883
|Ellen Beaman Rose, born in 1889
William worked with his father at the
Albert and Victoria Ironworks, and later had his own Jubilee
works. After the death of his father, and the closure of the
ironworks at Moxley in 1886, he worked as an iron merchant
until 10th September, 1901 when the business was dissolved
by mutual consent.
William and Mary had some hard times.
Their home, The Heath, was sold to William Wesson who took
over the ironworks at Moxley. They moved to a modest house
in Church St, Moxley, and William played his violin in local
public houses to earn some money. Mary did her bit by making
and selling pikelets. William died on 10th December, 1925.
Mary died on 22nd August, 1932 aged 85. They are buried in
the family grave at All Saints’ Church, Moxley, only a few
hundred metres from their old family home.
William and Mary’s Children
Their eldest daughter Lydia became a
nurse at the Cottage Hospital, Walsall, and by 1911 was
matron of the Woodlands Crippled Childrens Hospital,
Northfield, now known as the Woodlands Orthopaedic Hospital.
She never married, and died on the 25th October, 1959 at the
age of 90. She is buried with her father in the family grave
at All Saints’ Church, Moxley.
Their second daughter Mary married in
1910 and went to live in Derby. Nothing is known about their
third daughter, Edith, but their fourth daughter Maria also
became a nurse.
She began her career as a pupil teacher, and
by 1911 was working as a trained nurse for George Cadbury,
the chocolate manufacturer, his wife Edith and family at
Primrose Hill, Griffens Hill, Selly Oak.
Little is known about their other
daughters. Dorothy died in 1912 at the age of 31, and Ellen,
who never married, died in 1954 at the age of 65. They are
both buried in the family’s grave at Moxley.
Their first son William became a mining
surveyor, and died in Sutton Coldfield in 1959. He was 82
Their other son Hyla became an iron merchant,
then enlisted in the army at the age of 33 and served in
France. In 1921 he married Gertrude Beeston, and they lived
at 106 Moxley Road, Darlaston.
He died in 1950 at the age of
67, and is buried in the family grave at Moxley. They had no
Hyla Frederic Rose. Courtesy of Mary
David and Zebiah’s Fourth Son
George Daniel Fullwood Rose.
|George Daniel Fullwood Rose was
educated at Pembroke College, Oxford where he gained a BA,
and an MA.
He became a solicitor in the firm of Duignan &
Elliot, in Walsall, and helped with his father's legal
dealings. William Henry Duignan was David Rose’s friend and
solicitor, and a well-known and much respected citizen of
He was Clerk of the Peace for the Borough of
Walsall for more than twenty five years, and twice served as
Mayor of Walsall. As well as a being a solicitor, he was a
director of the Walsall Wood Colliery Company Limited,
Chairman of the Ashmore Park Colliery Company Limited, and
Chairman of the Staffordshire Financial Company Limited.
greatly enjoyed local history, amassed a fine library and became known as an antiquarian, an etymologist, and the
author of three widely circulated works on the place names
of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
George Daniel Fullwood Rose married William Henry Duignan’s daughter, Florence, at Walsall
in 1878. At first they lived at the Rose family’s home,
Goldthorn Court in Wolverhampton, then moved to Wood Green,
Rushall Hall, once the home of William
Henry Duignan. Courtesy of Mary Harding.
They had two children, Mary Rose, born in 1878,
and Wilfred Duignan Rose, born in 1880.
George became a partner of local solicitor Joseph Smith
in 1880, and was Wednesbury Town Clerk in 1882 and 1888.
Sadly George died on
15th July, 1897 as a result of cancer of the kidney.
his death, Florence was living in Bescot Road, Walsall,
where she died on 16th December, 1935.