Rose Stovell was baptised on 16 November 1889 under the name Katherine Rose. The 1901 Census showed her living at Fetcham Common with her parents George, a farm labourer and stockman and mother Grace Annie (nee Diment). She had a younger brother George Stovell born in 1902. The 1911 census showed the family living in The Street, Fetcham. The Fetcham Village School Log Book showed that she was unsuccessful in passing the Labour Examination in July 1912 but successfully passed the following July. Her brother left school in 1916 aged 14.
War Office Women’s (later Queen Mary’s) Army Auxiliary Corps Service Records, First World War, 1917-1920, show that Rose served during the conflict.
Rose’s mother Grace Diment married George Stovell in Fetcham on 25 November 1889 when she was 20 years old. Grace was one of ten Diment children, five girls and five boys. Grace’s brothers and therefore Rose’s uncles all served during the conflict: John served with the Royal Fusiliers, and died as a result of gas poisoning and pneumonia on 24 May 1916; William was a Corporal with the Royal Engineers, Waterways and Railways; Maurice served with the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and Royal Engineers, and emigrated to Australia in 1926; David served with the Army Service Corp and was discharged on August 1917 no longer fit for military service and Albert was killed in action on 13 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and remembered at Thiepval Memorial in France. He served with the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.
Rose married George Robbins Winter on 11 February 1922 at St. Mary’s Church, Fetcham.