Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Robert MACKEY  -  Gunner Walter MADEN  -  Private William MANNING
Sergeant John Henry MARSHALL  -  Private Frederick MARTIN  -  Private Michael McCORMACK

Private Robert MACKEY - died 20th July 1917

Mr and Mrs Mackey of Hill Street, Crawshawbooth, have received intimation that their son (Robert) who resided at Nelson, died at Mesopotamia on July 25th from heat stroke. Robert, who was well-known in Crawshawbooth, was 36 years of age, married and leaves a widow and one child. He enlisted in October of last year.

Source: R.F.P. 11th August 1917 p5 c1 - 25th August 1917 p7 c2
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Gunner Walter MADEN - died 12th July 1917

Official news has been received by Mrs Walter Maden, of 51 Church Street, Newchurch, of the death in France, of her husband, Gunner Walter Maden, of the R.G.A. The young soldier who was only 25 years of age, was wounded in Belgium on July 10th and died two days later in a hospital in France.
Gunner Maden joined up on July 11th 1916, being at that time resident at 786 Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth. He was employed as a mule spinner at the Globe Spinning Company, and was connected with Goodshaw Parish Church and Sunday School. He went out to the western Front about the beginning of the present year and had been much of the fighting both in Belgium and northern France.
Mr and Mrs Maden had been married only five months when the former had to join the colours. Since the Mrs Maden has resided with her parents at Church Street, Newchurch.

Source: R.F.P. 11th August 1917 p5 c4
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Private William MANNING - killed in action 31st July 1917

On Tuesday Mr and Mrs Manning of 13 Alexander Street, Burnley road, Rawtenstall, received official news that their son William, had been killed in action on July 31st. He was a Lewis gunner, connected with the East Lancs. Regiment, and joined the forces on January 9th 1915, in his 18th year and was drafted to France in May 1915. Gunner Manning had been twice wounded previous to receiving the fatal wounds.
The following has also been received Mrs Manning, from the company sergeant major.
“Dear Mrs Manning, It is with great regret that I had to open the letter you sent to your son. I am very sorry indeed to say your son was killed in action on or about the 31st July 1917. I can quite understand you are all in, owing to the mistake in the name which you state was sent by a second-lieutenant, but as he has now become a casualty I am answering your letter myself. I convey to you my deepest sympathy as your son was one of my best Lewis gunners, and I miss him out of the company greatly."
He was connected with St James’ the Less Catholic school and church at which place the “Dead March” will be played on Sunday as a token of respect, and was employed at the Holme Bleachworks. Two brothers and a brother-in-law of the deceased are still serving.

Source: R.F.P. 8th Septenber 1917 p8 c2 - 15th September 1917 p8 c4
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Sergeant John Henry MARSHALL -killed in action 9th October 1917

The news that Sergeant John Henry Marshall, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs Marshall of 17 Daisy Hill, Rawtenstall, had been killed in action came in a letter from a pal received on Monday. Sergt. Marshall, who was 22 years of age joined the forces about a fortnight after the outbreak of war when he became attached to the East Lancashires, and went to France in about February of the present year.
Before he joined the colours he was employed by Messrs. David Whitehead Ltd. at the Fold Mill, Rawtenstall, and attended St. Mary's Church, Rawtenstall.

The father of of the deceased soldier has been in the army 27 years and is at present stationed in Middlesbrough as a sergeant.

Source: R.F.P. 27th October 1917 p5 c4 - 3rd November 1917 p5 c5
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Private Frederick MARTIN - died 23rd October 1917
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A firing party from the Rossendale Volunteer Battalion attened the funeral at Rawtenstall Cemetery on Saturday of Mr. Fred Martin of Springside. The deceased was an ex-army man and prior to rejoining during the present war was a member of the National Reserve Club at Rawtenstall. He was wounded in France and subsequently discharged. His death took place last week. The firing party was in charge of Sergt. Simmister.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd November 1917 p5 c1
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Private Michael McCORMACK - died 31st October 1914

Private Michael McCormack, whose death is reported from France, was a native of Crawshawbooth and was much esteemed through the district. He was a reservist in the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, and re-joined his regiment on the outbreak of war. His death occurred at a hospital in Boulogne France on the 31st October.
He was formerly employed at the Crawshawbooth Spinning Company’s mill, and was an old player of the Loveclough Football Club.
The deepest sympathy is expressed with his widow, who is left with two young children. A memorial service was held at Goodshaw Parish Church on Sunday afternoon when there was a large attendance. The Rev. Harry Stone M.A. vicar alluded in very sympathetic terms to the sad event. The deceased was associated with Goodshaw Church, and was in his 30th year.

Source: 14th November 1914 p8 c2 - 21st November 1914 p5 c3 & p8 c4 - 11th September 1915 p2 c6
- 6th November 1915 p8 c5 - 26th February 1916 p6 c2
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