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1856 December. Born at Gainsborough the son of Henry Rose and his wife Alice Youle Lightley
1881 Invented a machine for wrapping tobacco automatically, which led to the formation of the firm that became Rose Brothers (Gainsborough).
1895 Married Gertrude German
c1897 Birth of Daughter Alice
c1900 Birth of son Walter German Rose
1901 Living at Trent Villa, Ropery Road, Gainsborough: William Rose (age 42 born Gainsborough), Engineer, Manufactioner of Packeting Machinery and Employer. With his wife Gertrude Rose (age 27 born Gainsborough) and their children Alice M. Rose (age 4 born Gainsborough) and Walter G. Rose (age 1 born Gainsborough). Two servants.
c1903 Birth of son Alfred German Rose
1909 Patent on cams and levers
1911 Living at The Lawn, Gainsborough: William Rose (age 49 born Gainsborough), Governing Director in Rose Brothers Engineering - Firm making automatic packeting machinery, also director of the Northern Engineering Co, manufacturing company making cut gearing and reducing gears also general engineering, and Employer. With his wife (married 15 years with five children - four living) Gertrude Rose (age 34 born Gainsborough) and their children Alice Maud Rose (age 14 born Gainsborough); Walter German Rose (age 11 born Gainsborough); Alfred German Rose (age 8 born Gainsborough); and Gertrude Emilly Millicent Rose (age 5 born Gainsborough). One servant.
1929 Obituary