Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Peter W. PEACOCK  -  Private Arthur PEEL  -  Private A. H. PHILIPSON
Gunnerr W. H. H. PHILIPSON  -  Private Will PICKUP  -  Private J. P. PILKINGTON

Private Peter W. PEACOCK - killed in action 23rd October 1918
Peter W. Peacock

Private P. W. Peacock was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peacock of 53 Burnley-road, Rawtenstall, and was killed in action in France on October 23rd. He was in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. In a letter to the parents the chaplain says Private Peacock died while bravely doing his bit.

Source: R.F.P. 30th November 1918 p7 c3
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Private Arthur PEEL - died 19th April 1917

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Private Andrew Hornby PHILIPSON - died 25th July 1918
Andrew H. Phillipson

Pte. Andrew H. Phillipson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillipson of Hope Cottage, Goodshawfold, who recently paid the supreme sacrfice in a hospital at Etaples in France - the result of an air raid. Pte. Phillipson was most highly respected in the Crawshawbooth district, and was a devoted member of Goodshaw Parish Church. He was a very capable musician, and loved to render services to his church and school. The deepest sysmpathy is expressed with the family in their sad bereavement.

Source: R.F.P. 24th August 1918 p5 c4
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Gunner W. H. PHILIPSON - died 4th November 1918
W. H. H. Phillipson

Mrs. Phillipson of 30 Lower Scout, Waterfoot, has received the news of the death her husband Gunner W. H. Phillipson, R.G.A., who died from pneumonia on November 4th, in a hospital in France. In addition to the official notification, Mrs. Phillipson has received a letter from the Major commanding the battery, who says that Gunner Phillipson never seemed to recover from a cold he contracted. Hiss loss, continues the officer, will be keenly felt by all ranks. He was a good soldier and did his duty well. He has made the great sacrifice but that sacrifice will not be made in vain, of that we are assured.

The deceased soldier was 30 years of age and joined up in July 1916. He was wounded in April of last year and returned to the front again in September. He was over in Rossendale on leave so recently as five weeks ago.

In civil life Gunner Phillipson was a weaver at Dale Mill, Scout Bottom, and was connected with Salem Church, Hollin.

Source: R.F.P. 7th December 1918 p8 c3 - 14th December 1918 p5 c4
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Private William PICKUP - killed in action 18th October 1916
William Pickup

Source: R.F.P. 18th October 1916 p5 c3 - 2nd December 1916 - 16th June 1917
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Private James Pickup PILKINGTON
J P Pilkington

Official intimation has been receded of the death in the 26th General Hospital in France ot Pte. James Pilkington, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Pilkington, of Gutter House, Booth, Waterfoot. The young fellow died from enteric fever on March 30th.
Pte. Pilkington enlisted in the R.A.M.C. in January, 1915, when he was only 18 years of age. He was sent out to France the following June and his work in the hospital is highly spoken of by those who were his superiors. He has undoubtedly sacrificed his life in the welfare of others for on Wednesday of last week he was found to have contracted enteric fever and himself had to be admitted to the hospital as a patient.
In a very kindly letter which the matron of the hospital has sent to Mr. and Mrs. Pilkington, she says their son became worse on Thursday and was unconscious all day. "He collapsed suddenly in the evening and died in a few minutes. He was a good patient and I am sure he was a good son to you."
Several other letters paying tribute to the late Pte. Pilkington's qualities have also been received, including one from the Sister in the hospital and another from a comrade. The latter in his letter of condolence to the parents says "He gave everything for the sake of others, and is one more added to the great army who have given their all in the service of others. His end came so sudden and the blow was so great that we have not yet recovered and will not for some time to come. Being of such an amiable disposition he was well liked by all who knew him."
Prior to enlisting Pte. Pilkington was employed in the re-lasting room at Sir Henry Trickett's Gaghills Mill, and was very popular. Mr. Oliver Eatough writing to the father and mother says: "Though you may never see him on earth again you have the satisfaction of knowing that he laid down his life for others. Greater love hath no man than this. On behalf of my colleagues and myself I offer you the sympathy of my directors and firm."
The late Pte. Pilkington, prior to joining the Army was actively associated' with Tunstead Sunday School and Mission Room, and was also a playing member of the Stackteads Prize Band. His father Mr. James Pilkington, was the leader of the famous "Tunstead Mill Nutters "and on one of two occasions Private Pilkington had been a member of the band which accompanied them on their Easter round. He was a popular member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, and is thus is the second to fall of those whose names are in inscribed on the Roll of Honour at that institution. The flap has been raised to half-mast in respect to his memory. Altogether he was a very amiable and promising young follow and much sympathy will go out to the parents and the members of the family in their loss.

Source: R.F.P. 8th April 1916 p3 c5 & p5 c4
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