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- Biography -
- Richard de Rupe Roche -

Unknown person Name : Richard de Rupe Roche.

Elder son of Capt. Richard Roche, R.N., and Maria Jane Roche (formerly Leeson, née Squarey); husband of Ethel Roche, of Culver Cottage, Fletcher Rd., Horsell, Woking.

Born 1880 Ventnor.

Married 1911 Ethel Fulton (registered Jun qtr 1911 Guildford). One daughter, Barbara, born 1913.

Maria Jane Squarey married Henry Beaumont Leeson in 1869 (registered Dec 1869 qtr Marylebone).
Henry Beaumont Leeson died in 1872 on the Isle of Wight.
Maria Jane Leeson (née Squarey) married Richard Roche in 1878 (registered Dec 1878 qtr Alverstoke).
  Census Information :

1881 : Richard and Maria Roche, with their son Richard aged 10 months, are at St Boniface House, Ventnor. Richard Roche is a Retired Captain, R.N.

1891 : Richard de Rupe Roche, aged 10, is at the house of his uncle and aunt, Horace and Ellen Jeaffreson, at West Hill, Ringford Road, Lambeth. Horace Jeaffreson is a General Medical Practitioner.

1901 : not located = presumed to be on service in South Africa

1911 : Richard de Rupe Roche, aged 31 and single, is a Boarder at the Boarding House run by Emily Deacon, at 25 High Street, London, SW. (Parish of St George Hanover Square) Richard Roche is a Motor Cab Driver (on own account).

  Service details :

Corporal 409 Richard de Rupe Roche, 16th Bn London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles)

Mentioned in Despatches

Private 4766 Richard de Rupe Roche served with 50 Company (2nd Hampshire) 17 Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War. He was 'Wounded Dangerously on 28 Mar 1901 at Rondal', and awarded the Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal with Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia, South Africa 1901.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 8 January 1915 aged 34

Buried at : Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Not commemorated on Isle of Wight Memorials

Woking War Memorial
St Michael's Church, Pirbright
  Documents :

ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, January 22, 1915 Page 4

KILLED IN ACTION
ROCHE. - Killed in action on 8th January, Richard de Rupe, aged 34, Queen's Westminster Rifles, son of the late Capt. R. Roche, R.N., of Ventnor, brother of M.G. de R. Roche, 88, Sunderland-avenue, W.


National Probate Calendar entry :

ROCHE, Richard de Rupe, of Bisley Cottage, Brookwood, Surrey, died 8 January 1915 in France in action. Probate London 6 May [1915] to Ethel Roche widow. Effects £2365 15s 6d.
  Further Information :

Maria Jane Squarey married Henry Beaumont Leeson in 1869 (registered Dec 1869 qtr Marylebone).
Henry Beaumont Leeson died in 1872 on the Isle of Wight.
Maria Jane Leeson (née Squarey) married Richard Roche in 1878 (registered Dec 1878 qtr Alverstoke).

Maria Jane Roche died in 1882, and Capt. Richard Roche died 6 May 1888; his Will was proved by Horace Jeaffreson, M.D. It appears that Richard and Maria Roche's two children were taken in by the Jeaffreson family.

Richard de Rupe Roche is believed to have played for Wakefield Rugby Football Club in the inaugural season of 1901/2.

Corporal Roche's medals were sold at auction in 2004. The Auction description gives an account of his service. See www.artfact.com

Corporal Roche's temporary grave marker is held by the Imperial War Museum with associated papers.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

Richard Lowther for additional information
  Page status :
Page last updated : 14 May 2012


 
 

 
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