ROSEVEAR, William Joseph
(Service number 90451)

Aliases Also spelt ROSEVEARE
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Date 12 December 1880 Place of Birth St Mawgan, Cornwall, England

Enlistment Information

Date 25 July 1918 Age 37 years
Address at Enlistment Timaru
Occupation Janiter (High School Board)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Two children
Next of Kin Mrs L. ROSEVEAR (wife), Oxford Street, Timaru
Religion Methodist
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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 18 January 1951 Age 69 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 128, Plot 123
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Joseph Rosevear, the son of Albert and Alice Mary (née Knight) Rosevear was baptised on 5 March 1881 at St Mawgan-in-Pyder, Cornwall. William was at home with his family at Mawgan in 1881 and at St Columb in 1891. He married Lottie Rose D’Amour Osborne, only sister of Thomas Edwin, William Henry and Harry John Teague Osborne, on 28 July 1909 in Cornwall, England. Their son, Harry Osborne Rosevear was born on 2 August 1910 in Cornwall. In 1911 William, Lottie and baby Harry were at Penzance, Cornwall, where William was a police constable. A daughter, Estelle Olive Rosevear, was born on 12 September 1912 at Timaru. In September 1911, William travelled via New York for New Zealand. Known as Janny, William was janitor for the Timaru Boys’ High School at the time of enlisting, a position he held for 33 years (1913-1946), known as Janny. His name had been drawn in the ballot.


1881, 1891, 1911 England census return ( [26 March 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [26 March 2020]; Baptism record ( [26 March 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [26 March 2020]

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