Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Hubert SCHOLES  -  Private J. E. SCOTT  -  Private Ernest SHARPE
Private James SHAW  -  Private James C. SHAW  -  Private John T. SHAW

Private Hubert SCHOLES - died 28th July 1918
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SCHOLES - In loving memory of my dear husband Private Hubert Scholes, Lancs Fusiliers, who died from wounds at the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station, on July 28th 1918, and was buried in the Military Cemetery, France.

A sudden change, at God's command he fell,
He had no chance to bid his loved ones farewell;
Affliction came without warning given,
And bid him haste to meet his God in heaven.

We cannot Lord Thy purpose see,
But all is well that's done by Thee.

Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and child, 7 Primrose Bank, Waterfoot.

Source: R.F.P. 10th August 1918 p8 c6
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Private John Emmanuel SCOTT - died 11th April 1916
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DIED FROM PNEUMONIA
FORMER RAWTENSTALL MAN'S DEATH IN FRANCE.

Official intimation has boon received from the War Office by Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Scott, of 223, Burnley-road, Colne, that their son, Pte. James Emanuel Scott, had died in France from pneumonia. The deceased young man, who was 25 years of age, had been serving with the R.A.M.C. from the beginning of the war. He had been in France since January, 1915, and had never had a furlough. He was in one of the base hospitals, and from the letters he sent home had experienced some terrible sights. He died on April 11th after about two days’ illness in bed. He was a great favourite with the staff at the hospital, being of a very genial disposition and a good pianist.
For three years prior to the war he was farming at Fordham, Cambridge. At one period of his life he was employed on the clerical staff of the Colne Tramways Company, and he had also worked under his father, who is assistant superintendent of the Britannic Assurance Company. When he was in Colne Pte. Scott resided with his parents, whose home then was 15, Hall-street. He took an active interest in the Ambulance Association, being a member for several years. He was also well-known in Colne junior football circles.
In November, 1914, the deceased soldier married Miss Alice Wadsworth, of 15, Bankfield-street, Trawden, but their married life together was only of brief duration. About three days before the receipt of the sad news of his death his wife had a letter from him, in which he stated that he would be over on leave, probably before the letter reached its destination.
Up to about nine years ago the late Pte. Scott resided in Rawtenstall, and as a boy he attended St. Paul's School, Constable Lee.
The following letter was received by Mrs. Scott from Corporal A. C. Banks (35113), 8th Stationary Hospital, B.E.F., France:-
Dear Mrs. Scott. -It is with the utmost regret I pen you these lines, but at this sad time for you, we send you our sympathy in your severe blow. Personally, I have known Jim since he enlisted, as we arrived at Aldershot on the same day, and we in the office here, had every chance of forming firm and fast friends. It is we who feel his loss more than ever I can pen, but if it can relieve the pain of sorrow, it is a great comfort to know that every care and attention that human life could bestow was willingly given. He bore up under his short illness and died like the good soldier he was. I personally saw him in his last moments, and I must mention the care and attention of the matron whose arms he died in, was a tribute to the Corps he so nobly worked for. I am very glad to be able to forward to you his photograph, which was taken on the 24th March, 1916, also the film, which you can get as many printed as you wish. I am sure it will be of great value to you. His funeral took place yesterday, Wednesday 12-4-16, at 2 p.m. and he was followed to the grave by the largest number ever witnessed in this district, which is a tribute in itself.
There was a service held before the departure to the Cemetery. The hymn "Brief life is here our portion" was sung, followed by a beautiful prayer. After the service he was followed by the Major, Medical Corps and men, and I, as the oldest friend had the duty to perform of being a bearer for him. Four bearers carried most beautiful wreaths, one given by the Commanding Officer, one by the Matron, one by the Sisters, one by the Sergeant and a large one by the men, who dearly loved him. A short service was held at his grave. I regret I do not know for a certainty your address, but I knew his father's address and I send this letter to him, who will hand it over to you. I enclose you a photograph of myself who bore him to his last resting place. Again I ask you to accept our deepest sympathy. P.S.—I must mention, our Sergeant-Major never failed to visit our dear friend, and as a soldier of long -service, feels his loss, and James was pleased for his care to him.

"He hath done what he could."
Freely, his alabaster box he gave-
His precious all he carried to the strife,
The feet of wounded warriors to lave-
And in the giving gave his life.

That other hearts in the hard passing hence
Might hear the voice of human love, and feel
The touch of kindly brother-hands, stretched out
In yearning eagerness to help and heal.

He died. Nor counted hard the toll
Of that bleak highway that he trod,
Content to give the pity of his soul,
And onward pass - to God.
Cowpe. L. ALICK.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd April 1916 p8 c6
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Private Ernest SHARPE - killed in action 10th March 1918
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Brief mention was made last week of the death of Pte. Ernest Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sharp, of Spencer-st., Crawshawbooth.

The official intimation which has been received by his parents states that he was killed in action on March 10th, after having been in France for 16 months.

Deceased was of a very quite disposition, and before joining up was employed at Sunnyside Printworks. He was 22 years of age and had been connected with St. John's Day and Sunday Scholls from infancy. much sympathy will be extended to his parents.

Source: R.F.P. 30th March 1918 p5 c4
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Private James SHAW - died 22nd March 1918
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A funeral of a military character took place on Wednesday afternoon in St Mary's Graveyard, Rawtenstall, when the Rev. F. W. Argyle M.A., conducted the service. The remains were those of Mr. James Shaw, of Bury-road, Rawtenstall, who died on Friday morning at Ainsworth Sanatorium near Bolton.

The deceased was previously employed by Messrs. John Kenyon Ltd., brewers, Cloughfold, but joined the Army about 3 1/2 years ago. At the beginning of the present year he was discharged owing to ill-health. He leaves a widow and two children.

At the interment yesterday, there was present a firing party from the E.L.R. at Wellington Barracks, Bury, and in charge of Sergt. Clover. The party fired three volleys over the grave, and the "Last Post" was sounded by Bugler Evans.

A large number of people assembled in the churchyard to witness the proceedings.

Floral tributes were received as follows:-

"With deepest sorrow" from his wife and children.
"Rest in peace" from Sister Jane and family, Mary and Alice and Harry (in France).
From his brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shaw, Albert and John.
"In affectionate remembrance of Jim" from his sisters-in-law, Ethel and Nell: "Until the day breaks"
"With deepest sympathy" from Mr. and Mrs. Widdup.
"With deepest sympathy" from Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood and family.
"With deepest sympathy" from the Discharged Soldiers Society.
A number of bouquets were also received without names attached.

Mr. Walter Pilling, Bacup-road, Cloughfold, carried out the funeral arrangements.

Source: R.F.P. 30th March 1918 p5 c4
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Private James C. SHAW - died 1st July 1916
Crowther Shaw

Private John T. SHAW - killed in action 12th October 1918
John T. Shaw

We deeply regret that Mrs. Shaw, wife of Pte. John T. Shaw, of Lord St., Crawshawbooth, received a letter on Saturday informing her that her husband had been killed in France. Up to yesterday, however, she had not received official confirmation.

Pte. Shaw was a spinner at one of the local mills, and it only seems very recently since he enlisted. He was of an exceedingly genial disposition, and had a host of friends in the district. Pte. Shaw married a daughter of Mr. Robert Scholes.

Source: R.F.P. 26 October 1918 p5 c4
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