Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Lance Corporal William LESTER  -  Private Paul LEYLAND  -  Private John LONG
Gunner Ed. LONSDALE  -  Private Harry LONSDALE  -  Private John LONSDALE

Lance Corporal William LESTER - killed in action 11th April 1917

The War Office have notified Mrs Lester, of 3 Windle Street, Cloughfold, that her husband, Lance-corporal William Lester, of the Loyal North Lancashires, has been killed in action in France on April 11th. The deceased soldier joined up about twelve months ago, trained at Whitchurch and went to France in September. He was a weaver at Hall Carr Mill, and formerly resided at Carrs, Rawtenstall. He was well-known and highly respected young man of 28 years and was connected with St John’s Church, Cloughfold, where a memorial service will be held on Sunday.

Source: R.F.P. 5th May 1917 p8 c4 - 12th May 1917 p8 c3
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Private Paul LEYLAND - died 21st March 1918
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Private John LONG - killed in action 26th August 1918
John Long

Many will regret to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Long of 28 Prospect Hill, Rawtenstall, on Tuesday received official intimation their son, Private John Long, of the Lincoln Regt., was killed in action in France on the 26th of August. The young soldier joined the colours on October 30th of last year, and went to France on April 5th last, since when he has seen much fighting.
Pte Long was only 18 years of age, and prior to enlisting was employed as a blake stitcher by the Rawtenstall Shoe and slipper Co. He was of a cheerful and unassuming disposition, and prior to enlisting attended the Springside Mission Hall.
Another son Gunner Fred Long, R.F.A. is at present a patient in hospital at Ripon. Gunner Long, who before joining up was employed as a driver on the Rawtenstall Tramways, has twice suffered from typhoid fever since going overseas, and on each occasion was returned to England.

Source: R.F.P. 14th September 1918 p5 c4 - 21 September 1918 p8 c2
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Gunner Edward LONSDALE - died 18th June 1918
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Private Harry LONSDALE - died 9th August 1917
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Official intimation was received on Wednesday morning from the War Office by Mrs Lonsdale, 3 Haslam Street, Rawtenstall, that her husband, Private Harry Lonsdale, of the East Lancashire Regiment, had died on August 9th from pneumonia. On Monday Mrs Lonsdale received a letter stating her husband was dangerously ill and on Tuesday a telegram conveyed the fact that her husband had passed away.
Private Lonsdale joined the colours in November of last year, and went to India on January 18th, and to Mesopotamia in April. He trained at Plymouth and was over on leave early this year. Prior to joining up Private Lonsdale was employed by Mr M. W. Billington, coal merchant, Cloughfold. He was well-known and highly respected in the district and was of a cheery disposition. He was 31 years of age and leaves a wife to mourn his loss.

Source: R.F.P. 18th August 1917 p5 c5
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Private John LONSDALE - died 11th April 1918
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