First Newfoundland Regiment
Regimental No. 76
Name in full: William Roost
I, William Roost, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty and that I will faithfully serve His Majesty in any place where I may be needed (or in the Colony of Newfoundland as the case may be) against all his enemies and opposers whatsoever according to the conditions of my service
Declared before me this 1st day
Reg. No. 76
Name: William Roost
Information Supplied by Recruit
Name and Address of next of kin, Bridget Knox, 26 James St., St. John's Relationship: Mother
Particulars as to Marriage
(a) (b) (c) (d)
Particulars as to Children.
Statement Of The Services
Service towards limited engagement reckons from 2/9/14
Joined at St. John's on 2nd September '14
Embarked S.S. Florizel U.K. 3/10/14, V.D. 20/9/15, Promoted to Lt. Cpl 27/2/16, Embarked Plymouth for N.E.F 20/8/15, Disembarked Alexandria, entrained for Cairo 31/8/15, Embarked for Gallipoli at 13/9/15, Ad. Stat Hosp, 20/9/15, Discharged Hosp. 20/11/15, Rejoined Batt. Suez 26/1/16, Embarked Pt. Lewfik for B.E.F. 14/3/16. Disembarked Marseilles 22/3/16. Wounded Beaumont Hamel 1/7/16; Admitted Wandsworth G.S.W. R. Shoulder 4/7/16 Discharged Hosp. L. Duty 25/7/16 proceeded to B.E.F. 1/12/17. Killed in action 2/3/17
Nov 12 1916
To Capt Timewell c/o Pay & Record Office
I sincerely trust you will excuse me for troubling you but I want to know if it would be so good as I use your influence in getting my son William Roost # 76 of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment be sent across to England with the 1st 500 man and has not had a furlough since I am sorry to trouble you but my health of late is not the best and I would so much like to see him just once again you will ever have my gratitude if you would just try and grant my request. I feel I am intruding too much on your valuable time but you no its only the request of a mother to see her child.
Again thanking you in anticipation
I am earnestly
Note: Mrs. Knox did not get to see her son again as she had requested as he was killed in action on March 2, 1917.
Source: The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL