Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private James ODDIE  -  Private Dan OLDFIElD  -  Private J. R. ORMEROD
Private Walter ORMEROD  -  Private Fred OVERTON  -  Private Ernest PALMER

Private James ODDIE - died 9th April 1919
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Private Dan OLDFIELD - died 24th December 1918
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Private D. Oldfield, R.F.A. Bury Road, Rawtenstall, died in his sleep in front of a fire in France.

Source: R.F.P. 5th January 1918 p2 c1
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Private James Richard ORMEROD - killed in action 14th October 1918
James Richard Ormerod

This photograph has the following inscription:-

Private J. R. Ormerod, 17th Lancashire Fusiliers.
Killed in action in Flanders, October 14th 1918.
A tribute of respect and esteem from his fellow workers at Lower Mill, Rawtenstall.

Source: Rawtenstall Library
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Private Walter ORMEROD - died 2nd January 1917
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Official intimation has been received of the death in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station, France of Pte. Walter Ormerod, of the East Lancashire Regiment, and was well known in Rawtenstall. A letter from the nurse in charge of the clearing station states the Pte. Ormerod was admitted to the hospital on January 1st and was then in a "poor way." The following morning however, he rallied, and hopes were entertained the he might be well enough to be removed to England. During the afternoon, however, he had a sudden relapse and passed peacefully away, death due to bronchitis. His remains were interred in the village cemetery by the chaplain.

Pte. Ormerod, who was 38 years of age, formerly resided at Hall Carr Farm Cottages, Rawtenstall and was employed as a weaver at Hall Carr Mill. It was only in September last that he joined up and he was drafted to France on December 11th . He had, therefore only been at the front three weeks, when he fell ill and died.

Deceased was a man of kindly disposition, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a respected member of the Rawtenstall Liberal Club and was at one time on the committee. In his earlier days he was a regular attender at Haslingden Road United Methodist Church. The deep sympathy of all will g out to a widow and three young children who left to mourn his loss.

Source: R.F.P. 13th January 1917 p8 c3
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Private Fred OVERTON - killed in action 11th September 1917
Fred Overton

News has been received by Mrs. Overton of Annie-street, Crawshawbooth, that her husband Pte. Fred Overton, has been killed in action.

In a letter the Captain in command of Private Overton's Company says that whilst in the employment of mending a road a fragment of an enemy shell struck and killed Pte. Overton and several others.

The deceased soldier who was 28 years of age enlisted in April 1916, and was sent to France in the early part of the present year.
Prior to joining up he was employed by Messrs Hoyle and Hoyle and Co. at Ilex Mill, Rawtenstall, as a clicker, and was connected with Constable Lee Church.
The parents of Pte. Overton reside at 22 Beech-street, Rawtenstall, and another brother is serving in the forces in France.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd September 1917 p5 c5 - 20th October 1917 p5 c6
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Private Ernest PALMER - died 14th November 1916
Ernest Palmer

I deeply regret to state that official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, of Yorkrstreet, Cawshawbooth, that their son Private Ernest Palmer, of the East Lancashiree Regiment died of wounds on November 14th. Private E. Palmer enlisted directly on the outbreak of war, and had been in the trenches for about 16 months. He was a very quiet and re┬Čtiring young fellow, had a host of friends in the neighbourhood, all of whom deeply sympathise with the relatives. Private Palmer was 30 years of age and a widower with one child.

Source: R.F.P. 25th November 1916 p5 c2 - 2nd December 1916 p8 c3
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