Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private W. SHUTTLEWORTH  -  Private Samuel SIMISTER  -  Corporal Frank SLATER
2nd Lieutentant Henry SMITH  -  Corporal R. SMITH  -  Private Frank SPENCER

Private Wilfred SHUTTLEWORTH - killed in action 27th September 1918
Wilfred Shuttleworth

Mrs. Shuttleworth, 13 Egypt Terrace, Rawtenstall, has been informed that her husband, Pte. Wilfred Shuttleworth, has been killed in action. The news has been conveyed to her in a letter from the chaplain who states that Pte. Shuttleworth was killed instantly on the morning of the 27th of September whilst taking part in an attack on part of the Hindenburg Line, near Havringcourt Wood. He was buried in a small cemetery quite close to where he fell. The chaplain adds that he would have written to Mrs. Shuttleworth before but he himself was gassed in the same battle. Private Shuttleworth, he says, died a gallant death and has gone to his great reward.

 The deceased soldier was 28 years of age and prior to enlisting on August 21st 1914, was employed at Howard and Bullough's, Accrington, and was well known and highly respected.

On Sunday morning a memorial service was held in St. Mary's Church, Rawtenstall in memory of Pte. Shuttleworth. The service was conducted by Lieut. Rev. W. Ingham (over on leave from France), and special hymns and prayers were offered, and the choir rendered the anthem, "Blessed are the departed." The organist, Mr. A. Tomlinson, rendered the voluntary, "O rest in the Lord" and at the close the "Death March" was played, after which Mr. Young sounded "The Last Post." Several floral tokens were placed in front of the Communion rails.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd November 1918 p8 c2 - 9th November 1918 p3 c4
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Private Samuel SIMISTER - killed in action 25th July 1916
Samuel Simister

Private Samuel Simister, of the 7th East Lan¬cashire Regiment (Kitchener's Army) is another Waterfoot soldier who has fallen in the great offensive. Official information as to his death was received by his wife at Barn Fold, Waterfoot, on Tuesday morning, he having been killed in action on July 25th.
Pte. Simister was the son of Mr. James Simister, painter, of Rawtenstall, and prior to en¬listing was employed by his brother, Mr. James Simister, master painter, of Victoria Street, Waterfoot. He enlisted at Rawtenstall three weeks after the outbreak of the war (August 28th. 1914) and at the time of his death had been in France for some 13 months. He had been in several big engagements, including the battle of Loo?, and had passed through without a scratch.
By the same post which brought to Mrs. Simister the intimation of her husband's death, there also came another letter from Pte. John¬son to his parents in Victoria Street, Waterfoot, mentioning that Pte. Simister had been killed. Pte. Johnson was in the same set of trenches and his statement is that Pte. Simister was killed instantaneously by a shell whilst carrying rations.
One of the officers under whom the late soldier served is Lieut. Tomlmson, son of Mr. David Tomlinson, of Boothfold, and who is at present suffering from wounds. Pte. Simister was only 24 years of age, and was a young fellow of good physique. He was a regular at attender at St. James' Sunday School, and his name is on the roll of honour there. He married Miss Nuttall of Lolly Mill, and in addition to the widow there is a young child.

Source: R.F.P. 12th August 1916 p8 c5
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Corporal Frank SLATER - died 25th September 1915

MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Sunday a special memorial service was held at the Parish Church, Crawshawbooth, connection with the death of Corporal Frank Slater, who was killed at Loos, France, on September 25th. Sympathetic reference was made to the life of the deceased, and appropriate music was rendered. A similar service was also held at the, Parish Church, Goodshaw, in connection with the death of Lance-Corporal John Holt, who was a companion of Corporal Slater's, and met his death on the same battlefield and at the same time. As previously reported, both these young men left Crawshawbooth together, and were held in the highest estimation by a large circle of friends.

Source:R.F.P. 6th November 1915 p8 c4 - 13th November 1915 p5 c4 - 26th Feb 1916 p6 c2
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2nd Lieutenant Henry SMITH - killed in action 19th October 1918
Lieut Henry Smith

We regret to record the death in action in France of a well-known Rawtenstall young man in Second-Lieutenant Harry Smith, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Smith, formerly of Schofield Road, Rawtenstall. Second-Lieutenant Smith was 28 years of age and had been with the forces since August 1914. He was an old grammar school boy and subsequently served articles as an architect with Mr. A. Brocklehurst of Waterfoot. Later he secured a post under the Derbyshire Education Authorities and was there engaged at the time he enlisted. He was attached to the Manchester Regiment and according to the news received he was shot by a sniper on October 19th and was buried at Le Catean. He was a highly esteemed member of the Haslingden Road United Methodist Chapel.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd November 1918 p8 c2 - 9th November 1918 p8 c3 - 16th November 1918 p5 c1
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Corporal Richard SMITH - died 11th April 1917
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Private Frank SPENCER -died 13th September 1917
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Yesterday arrived to sad intelligence that Pte. Frank Spencer, East Lancs, died in France on September 13th. his parents were informed a week or so ago that he lay dangerously ill - gassed - in hospital at Rouen. Pte. Spencer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Spencer of Goodshaw Lane (and formerly Stoneholme Terrace). He was a very popular young fellow, and a member of St. John's choir. This, by-the-way, marks the fourth loss to the choir as a result of the war. The deepest sympathy goes out to all the bereaved families.

Source: R.F.P. 15th September 1917 p5 c5
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