Acting Corporal, Royal Engineers
Victor Ross was a student at Alleyn’s until 1913 and lived with his parents, Arthur and Harriet, at 148 East Dulwich Grove during this time. He joined the war effort as part of the Royal Engineers Railway Troops and served as a Sapper with the Inland Water and Transport Section. This section of the Engineers was responsible for maintaining railways, roads, water supply, bridges and transport overseas and was crucial to success of Allied operations during the war. Victor served in this role on the Western Front from September 1915 and was promoted to the rank of Acting Corporal in 1916. In March 1917, he was discharged from the Army as a result of his skills being needed elsewhere in the war effort.