Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private William McCORMICK  -  Private Walter McDERMOT  -  Gunner J. H. McDONALD
Private James McMURRAY  -  Private Harold MEADOWCROFT  -  Private George MEEKS

Private William McCORMICK - died 13th August 1915
William McCormick

Official infomation has just been received of the death of Private William McCormack, a Rossendale soldier, who it is now feared was one of the victims of the transport "Royal Edward" which it may be remembered was sunk whilst on its way to the Darndanelles in the month of August.

Private MaCormack was in the Lancashire Fusiliers (4th Division), and during the memorable attack was gas poisoned. He was in hospital for some time and on his recovery was drafted for service in the Dardanelles. His sister, Mrs. Birtwistle of 4 Duke-street, Waterfoot received from him a picture postcard of the ship and the day the "Royal Edward" sailed and nothing further has been heard of him. The authorities have now sent an intimation that as he is amongst the missing it is presumed that he went down with the ship.

Private McCormack, who was 30 years of age, was a reservist, and at the time he was called up was following his employment as a mule spinner at Farholme Mill, Stacksteads. He lived in Blackwood.

Source: R.F.P. 11th September 1915 p8 c5 - 6th November 1915 p8 c5 - 26th Febraury1916 p6 c6
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Private Walter McDERMOT - died 6th March 1919
Walter McDermot

Private Walter McDermot, of 166 Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, a former gardener for Mr. J. H. Hirst, Waterfoot, and whose death from pnuemonia in France is reported on page 7.

Source: R.F.P. 15th March 1919 p5 c4 & p7 c3
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Gunner John Hill McDONALD - died 18th August 1915
John Hill McDonald

With feelings of sincere regret we have to record the death of Gunner John Hill McDonald, of the Royal Field Artillery, which sad event took place at his home, Alma Cottages, Cloughfold, on Wednesday. Deceased, who was 29 years of age, was stationed with his battalion at the Curragh Camp, Ireland, but his health broke down on the 26th May, and he returned home invalided. Dr. Ross and Nurse Moore attended him, and did all that was possible, but about a fortnight ago he took a turn for the worse and passed away from heart weakness. Of a most genial disposition, he made quite a host of friends, and the sympathy of the inhabitants go out to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. McDonald, in their sad bereavement. They have three other sons in the Army, namely, Gunner Tom McDonald, of the Garrison Artillery, on active service m the Dardanelles; Private James Henry McDonald, of the East Lancashires, on active service in France; and Private Joseph McDonald, of the 3rd East Lancashires, stationed at Plymouth.
The remains of the deceased will be interred with military honours at Rawtenstall Cemetery this (Saturday) afternoon. Members of the United Irish League will act as bearers, and a firing party from the Rawtenstall Company of the National Reserve will also be present.

Source: R.F.P. 21st August 1915 p8 c4 - 28th August 1915 p3 c4
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Private James McMURRAY - killed in action 15 September 1916
James McMurray

We regret to announce that official intimation was received on Wednesay by Mr. and Mrs. S. McMurray, of 13, Hareholme Terrace, Cloughfold, that their son, Pte. James McMurray was killed in action on September 15th.
It may be remembered that a few weeks ago we published the information that Pte. McMurray had been reported as missing. It was then feared that the young man had lost his life, and this is now officially confirmed. The official form states that he was killed in action at Ginchy, in France, on the date given.
Pte. McMurray was 25 years of age, and prior to the outbreak of war was well-known in the district as agent for the Blackburn Philanthropic Assurance Co. He enlisted on October 19th, 1914, about ten weeks after the beginning of the war, in the Coldstream Guards, and after his period of training was sent out to France. After a period in the trenches he met with an accident whilst bathing in a pond, necessitating his having to go into hospital, and then to rest for something like six months. During that time he came over to his parents on furlough, and returned to the firing line twelve months ago. Since then his parents have not seen him. Pte. McMurray was connected with the Unitarian Sunday School, Newchurch, and was a popular member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, where his father holds the position of a member of the committee. The flag of the institution is flying at half-mast.
A nephew of Mr. and Mrs. McMurray;- Pte. John McMurray-who resided with them, is also with the Coldstream Guards in France.

Source: R.F.P. 11th November 1916 p8 c4 - 18th November 1916 p8 c5
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Private Harold MEADOWCROFT - died 9th July 1918

MEADOWCROFT - In loving memory of Pte. Harold Meadowcroft,K.L.R., died a prisoner of war from pneumonia, September 17th 1918 in his 21st year, and was buried at a Military Cemetery, Loos, near Lille, France.

Fondly we loved him and he is dear to us still,
But in grief we must bend to god's holy will,
Our sorrow is great, or greif hard to bear,
But angels, dear son, will guerd you with care.

"Worthy of everlasting love"

From his sorrowing Father and Mother and Brother Arthur, Whitewell Bottom Farm.

Source: R.F.P. 28th December 1918 p8 c6
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Private George MEEKS - killed in action 26th October 1917
George Meeks

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Meeks of Phillips Town, Whitewell Bottom, have received notice of the death in action in France of their son, Private George Meeks, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

 Private Meeks was 26 years of age and joined the army on the 16th of October last year. He was drafted to France in January last, and subsequently saw some severe fighting. In September last he had a narrow escape of losing his life owning to the blowing up by a shell, of the dug-out which he was occupying at the time. The news now received states that he was killed on Oct. 26th, after having gone over the parapet for the first time.

The young soldier was well-known in the Lumb Valley. Prior to joining up he was employed in the scutching room at Osborne Mill, Whitewell Bottom at which his father is a carder. he was connected with Salem Sunday School, Hollin and was much respected.

Source: R.F.P. 17th November 1917 p8 c3 - 1st December 1917 p8 c3
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