Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Lance Corporal J. T. RUSHTON  -  Private J. H. SAGAR  -  Bombardier Harry SANDERSON
Private Ed. Schofield  -  Private William Robert SCHOFIELD  -  Frank SCHOLES

Lance Corporal John Thomas RUSHTON - killed in action 10th April 1917
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After having been posted as missing the War Office has now announced the death in action of Lance Corporal J. T. Rushton, of 9 Hargreaves-street, Rawtenstall. The deceased soldier, who was only 25 years of age, was attached to the King's Own Royal Lancasters, having joined up in April of 1916. He was drafted to France in February last, and after two months in the firing line was reported as missing. His wife has now received that sad intelligence that he was killed on the date given.

Lance Corporal Rushton was a native of the Loveclough district, and as boy was associated the Rehoboth Baptist Chapel and Sunday School. At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a firebeater at Messrs. J. and J. Shepherd's, Holmes Mill, Bacup.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd June 1917 p8 c3
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Private James Henry SAGAR - died 9th May 1917
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A very impressive memorial service was held in Salem Chapel, Hollin, on the 9th inst., in memory of Private Harry Sagar, who was recently killed in Mesopotamia. Previous to enlistment the late Private Sagar was a member of the choir, a teacher in the Sunday school and one of the trustees of this place of worship. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Sagar, of Hightown, Whitewell Bottom. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. D. Crosland, of Newchurch, who gave a very touching address, dealing with the work accomplished by their departed comrade. Mr. W. Bracknell, of Piercy, also gave an address.

The choir rendered the anthem, "I heard a voice from heaven," and the choirmaster, Mr. W. H. Hardman, gave a very tasteful rendering of the solo "Sometime we'll understand." Miss Evelyn Howarth presided at the organ and at the close of the service played the "Dead March," the congregation standing. The hymns chosen were most appropriate, and included the following:- "Jesus lover of my soul", "Give me the wings of faith to rise", "The morning flowers display their sweets" and "For all the saints who from their labours rest." Many evidences of respect were to be seen amongst the worshipers who assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the late Pte. Sagar, and not the least of these were the following floral tokens of affection:-

Wreath, "In loving memory of my dear husband Harry, who died of wounds in Mesopotamia, May 9th 1917." Wreath, "In loving memory of a dear son and brother" from father, mother, sisters and brother. Wreath, "In loving memory" from grandma, aunt Polly and aunt Rose; Wreath "In sincere sympathy" from Mr. and Mrs. R. Ashworth and Mrs. J. H. Ashworth; Anchor, "With sincere regret" from Annie, Maud, and Fanny; Sheaf, "With sincere sympathy" from Annie, Lizzie and Ada; Bouquet, "With deepest sympathy" from Clara; Wreath, "In loving memory" from Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson, and family, Piercy; Bouquet, "With sincere sympathy" from Edith Mary; Wreath, "In loving memory of Harry" from Nora; Wreath "In loving memory of Harry" from Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Taylor and family.

Source: R.F.P. 23rd June 1917 p8 c4
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Bombardier Harry SANDERSON - killed in action 3rd August 1917
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Mr. F Sanderson of 22 Charles-st. Piercy, has received unofficial news of the death in action of his son, Bombardier H. Sanderson.

The information is contained in a letter from a chaplain who writes:-
"It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son Bombardier H. Sanderson was killed yesterday (August 3rd) by a shell. His death was instantaneous. I buried him this morning by the side of many other gallant comrades, in the little British Military Cemetery at Dickebusch."

A letter has also been received from a 2nd Lieut. who, writing with regret of Bombardier Sanderson's death, says:-
"He was one of our best bombardiers, and was very popular with the men. We can ill afford to lose such as he was and his death has caused a great loss to his sub-section"

The deceased soldier was 22 years of age, and was most highly esteemed by all who knew him. He had been associated with both Bethesda U.M. Church, Newchurch and with Newchurch Wesleyan Church.

Source: R.F.P. 11th August 1917 p5 c2 - 15th September 1917 p2 c5 - 22nd September 1917 p8 c3
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Private Edward SCHOFIELD - died 2nd May 1917
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Private William Robert SCHOFIELD - killed in action 25th April 1915
William Robert Schofield

The death is notified of Private William Robert Schofield, of the Lancashire Fusiliers whose home was at 27 Whittle-street, Rawtenstall. On Sunday morning his wife received the sad news from the War Office that he had been killed in the fighting around the Dardenelles. Private Schofield, who was 44 years of age, was a native of Rochdale, but for about nine years had resided in Rawtenstall and been in the employ of the Rawtenstall Corporation. As a soldier he served six years in India, and also went through the South African campaign, and was present at the severe fighting of the Tugela Heights and at the relief of Ladysmith. For that campaign he, received two medals, with clasps. He completed his service with the colours in 1902, but re-enlisted with the Fusiliers on September 8th last. He was highly respected by his fellow workers and all who knew him. He leaves a widow and a little girl, seven years of age, with whom much sympathy is felt.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd May 1915 p8 c4 - 11th Sep 1915 p3 c4
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Private Frank SCHOLES - died 8th October 1918
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