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Born: 1888, Shipley
Died: 11 August 1917
Buried: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery
Address: 7 Hudson’s Buildings, Green Lane, Baildon
Parents: Ben and Martha Ann, nee Whitehead
Spouse: Martha Ann, nee Ellison
Occupation: Manager Co-operative Boot & Shoe Stores
Organisations/clubs: Deacon Bethel Baptist Church
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Bethel Baptist Church; Baildon
Children Stanley
Regiment: Middlesex Regt
Stanley Ben Rooum
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Stanley Ben Rooum was the son of Ben Rooum. Ben was born c1855 in London. He married Martha Ann Whitehead in 1879. Stanley, the fifth of eight children, was born 1888 in Shipley. In 1891 the family were living at 15 Taylor Terrace in Shipley, with Ben working as a stuff presser. In 1901& 1911 they lived at 12 Pratt Lane in Shipley. Stanley worked as a worsted spinner then as a journeyman bootmaker. He married Martha Ann Ellison in 1912. They had a son, also called Stanley, born 1917.
They lived at 7 Hudson’s Buildings, Green Lane, Baildon. Stanley served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action 11 August 1917 and he was buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. On 31 August 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: Mrs Rooum, Green Lane, Baildon, has received official intimation that her husband, Pte Stanley Ben Rooum (29) was killed in action on August 11th. Pte Rooum was a Windhill man. He served his time as a boot repairer
with the Windhill Industrial Society at Shipley. He attained the position of under manager of the Shipley Co- operative Boot and Shoe Stores and was later appointed manager of the Padiham Co-operative Stores. He was called up to the colours whilst in this position and went out along with other Shipley men. He was a member and sometime secretary of the Bethel Baptist Church Shipley and also of the Independent Order of Rechabites.
Thanks to Colin Coates who researched and wrote Stanley’s profile
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