Ross, Ronald Campbell (1895-1914)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Second Lieutenant R.C. Ross was the first Old Shirburnian to be killed in the First World War.
Details: Ronald Campbell Ross (1895-1914), born 11 February 1895 at Surbiton, Surrey. Son of Colonel Sir Ronald Ross, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., and Lady Rosa Ross (née Bloxam) of 2, Heath Mansions, Putney Heath Lane, London, formerly of The Lodge, Bovey Tracy, Devon. [During the First World War Ross’s father was made a consultant in malaria to the War Office; he travelled to Egypt, Macedonia, Italy, and elsewhere during the war, surviving the torpedoing of the French military transport in which he was sailing in 1917].
He had two elder sisters Dorothy (1891–1947) and Sylvia (1893–1925) and a younger brother, Charles Claye Ross (1901–1966).
Grandson of Matilda Charlotte Elderton (died 1906) who was daughter of Edward Merrick Elderton, a London solicitor.
Attended a preparatory school in Liverpool (where his father was a lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine).
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) May 1909-December 1912; 1st XV rugby football team 1911, 1912.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 2nd Bn. Reported missing, presumed killed, after the battle of Le Cateau on 26 August 1914.
Caudry British Cemetery, III. D. 10 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/571975/ROSS,%20RONALD...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
The Shirburnian, April 1912:
Characters of the XV (1911-1912): 'R.C. Ross (1911-1912). Another keen forward who plays for all he is worth. Must grow more controlled in his movements.'
The Shirburnian, April 1913:
Characters of the XV (1912-1913): 'R.C. Ross (1911-1912-1913). A persevering forward, who always followed up well, but never learned to go hard enough either in the tight or the loose.'