Joy Clist, d. 1935

Charles Rossiter

Charles Rossiter

Male 1891 - 1972  (81 years)

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  • Name Charles Rossiter 
    Born 07 Feb 1891 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Apr 1972 
    Buried 2 May 1972  Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I14  Clist Connections
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2021 

    Father Edward Rossiter,   b. 05 Jan 1856, Leigh Upon Mendip, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Quick,   b. 1859,   d. 1897  (Age 38 years) 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gladys Sarah Lord,   b. 13 Apr 1896,   d. 2 Apr 1958  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1923  Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Raymond Edward Charles Rossiter,   b. 04 May 1924, Symonds St, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 2014, Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2009 
    Family ID F177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elsie Greta Walker,   b. 24 Feb 1903,   d. 1984  (Age 80 years) 
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2009 
    Family ID F175  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    On board TSS Rotorua, of the New Zealand Line
    On board TSS Rotorua, of the New Zealand Line
    My grandfather Sidney Clist is at front left, and his brother John at back right. John has his hand on Charles Rossiter's shoulder. Charles was a cousin of Sidney and John, and from the age of 5 was reared in their home as their brother. I think that the young man at the back left is in Sidney's wedding group photo (Gisborne, 15 Apr 1913) but I do not know who he is. Nor do we know the person standing in the middle at the back. Departed Plymouth 29 Oct 1910 for Wellington via Capetown, Fremantle, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland.This photo was found among John Clist's memorabilia.

    You can see the ship in this photo.
    TSS Rotorua at sea, 1910 - 1917
    TSS Rotorua at sea, 1910 - 1917
    The TSS Rotorua at sea under full steam. Location unknown.

    Among its 3rd-class passengers on its maiden voyage from London were three young men from Taunton, Somerset: Sidney Clist aged 24, his brother John Clist 18, and their cousin Charles Rossiter 19, departing Plymouth on 29 October 1910. They stopped at Capetown and Hobart en route, and arrived in Wellington on 11 December 1910. You can see them on deck in this photo.

    The TSS Rotorua was sunk in the English Channel on 22 March 1917.

    Photo courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library .
    Edward and Elizabeth Rossiter and family
    Edward and Elizabeth Rossiter and family
    Copies of this photo were found in the memorabilia of brothers Sidney Clist and John Clist, New Zealand, but none of the Clist descendants knew who the family was. In consultation with Ernie Wide (UK, a Rossiter connection) we have now identified each of the members of the family.

    As the mother in this photo looks remarkably like my great-grandmother Mary Clist ne้ Quick, I had already guessed that she is Mary's older sister Elizabeth Rossiter ne้ Quick. The father is her husband Edward Rossiter. The eldest child is Margaret Mary b. 1882, next is Edward James (Ted) b. 1884, then John Thomas b. 1886 and Violet Elizabeth b. 1889. The youngest is Charles Rossiter b. 1891, dressed in a baby smock as was the custom in those days. Yet to come is Harry b. 1893.

    Sadly, all children were orphaned just 5 years after this photo was taken, and were dispersed to uncles and aunts in the Quick family. Ted (13) and Charles (5) were reared by my great-grandparents George and Mary Clist, of Shoreditch, Taunton.

    Roger Clist, July 2011

    Documents
    SS Rotorua Passenger List 29 Oct 1910
    SS Rotorua Passenger List 29 Oct 1910
    This is the passenger list for the ship that my grandfather Sidney Clist emigrated from Somerset, England to Wellington, New Zealand in company with his younger brother John and first cousin/step-brother Charles Rossiter.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Cemetery website record.