Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private James NERMEY  -  Private George NIGHTINGALE  -  Private Ernest NUTTALL
Private Norman NUTTALL  -  Private R. H. NUTTALL  -  Private Thomas O'BRIEN

Private James NERNEY - killed in action 9th October 1917
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Mr. James Nerney, of 24 Prospect Hill, Rawtenstall, has received official news to the effect that his son, Private James Nerney, of the East Lancashire Regiment was killed in action in France on October 9th.

Private Nerney enlisted on May 10th 1916, and was sent to France in February this year. Before joining up he was employed at Loveclough Printworks. He was 20 years of age. Having a sunny and genial disposition, he was a great favourite with all who knew him.

He was connected with St. James the Less Catholic Church, at which Mass will be offered on Sunday an his behalf, after which the "Dead March" will be played.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd November 1917 p8 c1
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Private George NIGHTINGALE - died 1st April 1917
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In March of this year Pte. George Nightingale, of the South Wales Borderers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Nightingale, 38 Beech-st., Rawtenstall, was reported as dead, but no details were forthcoming from the Record Office at Shrewsbury, how he came by his death. His father has since been in communication with the officer of his regiment and has received the following reply:-

With regard to your letter of June 5th, enquiring about the death of your son, he was wounded on March 29th 1917, in the side, while in the heat of action. He fought very gallantly, and was popular with his officers and commrades, and was missed very much in the company. after he was wounded he was carried by stretcher-bearers direct to the 41st Field Ambulance. He was perfectly conscious, and not in agony. They were unable to do anything for him, and he died on April 1st, and was buried in a cemetery with a few of his comrades.

Mr. Nightingale has since received word from the Record Office intimating the village where his son was buried.

Source: R.F.P. 21st April 1917 p8 c2 - 29th September 1917 p8 c3
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Private Ernest NUTTALL - died 31st October 1916
Ernest Nuttall

Deep sympathy will also be expressed with Mrs. Ernest Nuttall, of Lord-street, Crawshawbooth, who has also received official notification of the death of her husband, Private Ernest Nuttall, aged 29 years, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Lancasters. Prior to enlisting he succeeded to the business of the late Mr. George Heys, the well-known oat-cake baker. Shortly after the outbreak of war, he enlisted, and had been out at Salonica for over 12 months. About a month ago, Mrs. Nuttall received a letter from him, after being in hospital. He died from wounds received in action on October 31st, and leaves two young children.

Source: R.F.P. 25th November 1916 p5 c2 - 2nd December 1916 p8 c4
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Private Normam NUTTALL - died 2nd April 1917
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Pte. Norman Nuttall, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall; France. On staff of Rawtenstall branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank; Haslingden-road U.M. Sunday School.

Source: R.F.P. 5th January 1918 p2 c2
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Private R. O. NUTTALL - died 18th December 1917
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Private Thomas O'BRIEN - killied in action 26th September 1915
Thomas O'Brien

Mrs, O'Brien, of 2A, South-street, Rawtenstall has this week received a letter from a soldier in France to say that her son, Pte. Thomas O'Brien was killed in action on September 26th last. Our readers will remember that Pte. O'Brien was posted as missing on that date. The letter, which was sent by Pte. S. Clegg on January 5th, was an follow:- "Dear Madam, - We have just been reading the 'Umpire,' dated January 2nd and see by it that you are desirous of information as to the whereabouts of your son. I am sorry to inform you that he was killed in action about 6-30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26th. I was wounded in my left eye and did as much for him as I could. I laid him to rest as well as I possibly could do. I deeply sympathise with you in your sad bereavement."
Mrs. O'Brien has another son, Pte. James O'Brien. of the East Lancashire Regiment lying in the No. 5 ward of the Military Hospital at Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffs. He is suffering from a gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Source: R.F.P 15th January 1916 p5 c4 - 12th February 1916 p5 c6
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