Eglintoune Frederick Ross AM

b. 20/06/1883 Barcombe, Sussex.  d. 1955 ?

DATE OF AM ACTION: 31/08/1906 Ferozepore, India.

Eglintoune was the eldest of three children (siblings were Edith and Thomas) of Eglintoune Frederick Thomas and Elizabeth Ross. He was baptised on 30th September 1883 in Barcombe, Sussex. In 1909, he married Alice Winifred Sherar in Brighton, Sussex. Eglintoune was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment in August 1902, and served chiefly in India, where he was involved in the Ferozepore Explosion of 1906. On 12th December 1909 he transferred into the Indian Army. He received his AM from the Governor of Madras on 7th February 1914. He retired from the Army as a Major on 23rd November 1921.



Captain Ross discovered the fire, and with a detachment of his regiment entered the magazine compound with a small hand engine fed from tanks in the magazine, and attempted, to put out the fire. He; also worked at getting the steam engine into position. Major Young, as General Anderson’s Brigade Major, was constantly with the General in positions of great danger. In particular he joined General Anderson at a critical moment by the door of No. 8 cell, from which the gunpowder was being removed, and remained with the General throughout the rest of the period of danger.  Captain Battye assisted in the removal of the gunpowder from No. 8 cell. He also, with Staff Serjeant Fitzpatrick, directed the operations for piercing two holes through the masonry of the roof of Cell No. 9, where the small arms ammunition was burning, and succeeded in getting the hose through these holes so as to play on the burning ammunition. By this means a check on the fire in No. 9 was effected. Both men were conspicuous throughout the day in the magazine enclosure.