Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Absolom POLLARD  -  Private Ben POOLEY  -  Private Robert A. PROCTOR
Private George Smith PYLE  -  Private Edmund RAMSBOTTOM  -  Private C. W. RAYNOR

Private Absolom POLLARD - killed in action 7th July 1916
Absolom Pollard

Mrs. Pollard, of Back Spencer-street, Crawshawbooth, on Monday received official intimation that her husband, Private Absolom Pollard, was killed in action on July 7th. Private Pollard joined the 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment on January 12th, 1915, and had been in France fourteen months. Prior to joining the colours he worked at Loveclough Printworks. He leaves a widow and two children, and was home on his last, leave just before going out to France. He had been connected with Goodshaw Parish Church all his life.
The parents of the deceased soldier also received a letter from his pal, Private F. Kelly, in the course of which he says that they went into action next to one another. Private Pollard went almost through it all and when they had nearly got out of the trench a shell burst on the top of the parapet and a piece struck him. It must have caught Pollard right in the stomach for he died within five minutes. All the platoon were sorry to lose him for he was a good soldier and took things calmly. He always did his duty without grumbling.

Source: R.F.P. 5th August 1916 p8 c3
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Private Ben POOLEY - died 30th May 1917
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Private Robert Albert PROCTOR - killed in action 1st January 1918
Rober A. Proctor

Official news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Proctor of 27 Burnley Road, Rawtenstall, of the death from wounds, in Palestine, of their son Private Robert Albert Proctor, R.A.M.C. According to the official notice his death took place on January 1st.

Private Proctor, who was only 20 years of age, had been in service in France, Salonica and Egypt, and had been in Palestine for about twelve months.

He enlisted in October 1915, and at the time was employed at the Cellulose Works in Burnley Road, Rawtenstall. He was connected with St. Paul's Church, Constable Lee, where a memorial survive is to be held tomorrow.

A letter describing the death in action during the taking of the famous Ram A Uah-Birch Ridge in Palestine, of her son, Private R. A. Proctor, has been received by Mrs. Proctor, of King Street, Burnley Road, Rawtenstall.

The deceased soldier was 20 years of age and attached to the R.A.M.C. He had been in service in France, Salonica and Egypt, and had been in Palestine about twelve months.

In the course of his letter the Captain says-:
As a good soldier I cannot speak too highly of your son's work. He was appointed to the exacting duty of stretcher bearer which means in action, real hard work minus the excitement of fighting - in short, thought for the welfare of others. And that he was always cool under fire and brave so that any British might be proud of him, his whole company from myself to the last joined man can testify. Private Proctor did splendid work at the Beersheba, Sheria and Jerusalem successes in evacuating wounded and it is sad indeed that although the company advanced through a hail of machine gun fire he should have been the only man hit in my company when taking the famous Ram A Uah-Birch Ridge. His fellow stretcher bearers, with whom he was a great favourite did all possible for him under fire and got him away as soon as possible but he passed peacefully away and was buried with military honours in the British Cemetery at Jerusalem.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd February 1918 - 16th February 1918
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Private George Smith PYLE - killed in action 13th June 1915
Geroge Smith Pyle

On Wednesday morning Mrs. Pyle of 8, Newhallhey, Rawtenstall, received official notification from the War Office that her husband, Private George Smith Pyle, No. 481, 5th East Lancashire Regiment, had been killed in action in the Dardanelles. Deceased, who was 26 years of age, was a son of Mr. William Pyle painter and decorator Heys-street, Haslingden, and had been in the employ of Mr. John Whitehead, painter and decorator, Bacup-road, Cloughfold. A member of the Haslingden Company of Territorials, he was called up when the war broke out in August, and was stationed at Burnley and Bury prior to going out to Egypt and then to the Dardanelles. He wrote frequently to his wife from Egypt, and she received the last letter from him at the Dardanelles about three weeks ago. Sad to relate, Private Pyle was only married on the 28th February of last year to Miss Maria Rothwell, daughter of the late Mr. Robert Rothwell, of 66, Schofield-road, Rawtenstall, and much sympathy is felt with the widow in her sad bereavement. Deceased was of a very pleasant disposition, well-known in both Haslingden and Rawtenstall, and highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

Source: R.F.P. 10th Jul 1915 p8 c4
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Private Edmund RAMSBOTTOM - killed in action 11th July 1915
Edmund Ramsbottom

Official intimation has been received at his home, 163 Wood Top, Bury-road, Rawtenstall, that Private Edmund Ramsbottom, of the R.A.M.C., has lost his life in the Dardanelles operations on July 11th 1915. Ramsbottom was 21 years of age, and had been in the Army Medical Corps about four or five months. Prior to enlisting he worked in the cardroom at Mr. Worsley's mill at Stone End Fold. He was a well-known member of the Longholme Wesleyans Football Club, figuring at outside-left in their Rawtenstall and District League team.
Private Jack Barnes, of Rawtenstall, who is in the same corps, has informed Mrs. Ramsbottom that her son was hit whilst carrying wounded, and died shortly after being taken to the hospital.

Source: R.F.P. 31st July 1915 p5 c5 - 14th August 1915 p2 c6 - 11th Sepember 1915 p2 c4
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Private Charles W. RAYNOR - killed in action 27th August 1918
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An official notification ahs been received of the death in action in France on August 27th of Pte. Charles W. Raynor, of the Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers, and who prior to joining the colours resided with his wife in Holt Mill, Waterfoot. Nothing had been known of Pte. Raynor for two or three weeks, but last Friday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raynor of Melbourne-st, Mill End, had returned to them a letter which they had sent to their son. The letter was inscribed "Wounded - present address unknown." Pte. Raynor's wife, who is a daughter of Mrs. Holt, 20 Turnpike, Newchurch, had written to her husband's regimental depot in Dublin, and it is apparently in reply to her letter that the Record Office there has sent the official intimation of Pte. Raynor's death. It is of course singular that whilst Pte. Raynor is supposed to have been killed nearly a month ago that no announcement of his death had been sent to his relatives until Mrs. Raynor applied to the Record Office for information. Neither has any message of communication been received from any of Pte. Raynor's pals in France, or any officer or N.C.O. of his company.

Pte. Raynor, who was well-known and esteemed in the Waterfoot and Newchurch district, in civil life was a painter in the employ of Messrs Lord and Henderson, Waterfoot. He joined up in August 1916. Pte. Raynor was an esteemed member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, were the flag has been flying at half-mast as a tribute to his memory.

Since writing the above we learn that a letter has been received from a regimental pal of Pte. Raynor's confirming the news of his death.

Source: R.F.P. 28th September 1918 p8 c4
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