Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Gunner Thomas TAYLOR  -  Private Walter TAYLOR  -  Private Joseph B. TEASDALE
Private Harry TETLOW  -  Private John THOBURN  -  Sergeant James THOMPSON

Gunner Thomas TAYLOR - died 21st April 1918
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Private Walter TAYLOR - killed in action 10th October 1917
Walter Taylor

Mrs. Taylor of Bottomley Bank Farm, Crawshawbooth, has received official intimation that her husband, Private Walter Taylor, of the Clodstrem Guards, has been killed in action.

His Company commander writes:- "It is with the deepest sympathy and regret that I write to tell you of the death of your husband. He was killed on October 10th whilst holding the ground won by an attack the day before. He was struck by a shell and killed instantly, Your husband was a very gallant man and a fine soldier and we feel his loss deeply.

His Platoon Commander has also written expressing the sympathy of himself and comrades and says: "Your husband's example of steadiness and gallantry was such as we all admired and the loss which we feel helps us in fact to realize the sad bereavement you have suffered.

Private Taylor was a native of Holcombe and his name is on the roll of honour at Holcombe Church. He was 26 years, and the son of Mr. H. Taylor of Chatterton Close Farm, Holcombe, with whom he worked up to the time of enlisting.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd November 1917 p8 c4 - 10th November 1917 p2 c3
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Private Joseph B. TEASDALE - died 12th April 1918
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Private Harry TETLOW - died 10th Jul 1916
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Private John Richard THOBURN - killed in action 7th August 1916

Mr. and Mrs. William Thoburn, of Chapel Terrace, Whitewell Bottom, received a letter from the War Office on Tuesday informing them that their son, Pte. John Richard Thoburn, had been killed in action on August 7th.
Pte. Thoburn was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Thoburn, and was 33 years of age. He enlisted at Rawtenstall on the 10th of November 1914, in the 8th East Lancashire Regiment and had been in France for 14 months.
The late soldier was a widower, having lost his wife a few years ago. He resided in Brierfield at the time, and having no children, he came to reside with his parents again.
Mr. and Mrs. Thoburn have another son serving in the army, Pte. Alec Thoburn, of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was very seriously wounded last September at the battle of Loos. He was in hospital for many months, but has now returned to his regiment in. Scotland. A daughter's husband, Pte. J. W. Stevens is also serving in the 3rd East Lancashire Regiment and is stationed at Plymouth.

Source: R.F.P. 26th August 1916 p8 c4 - 2nd September 1916 p8 c3 - 9th September 1916 p5 c2
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Segreant James THOMPSON - killed in action 25th March 1918

Official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs Thompson, of King-street, Rawtenstall, that their son, Sergt. James Thompson, was killed in action on March 25th 1918. Sergt. Thompson was attached to the Kings's Own Royal Lancaster Regt, and had been in France since May 1916.
Prior to joining up in November 1915, he was employed by the Rawtenstall Corporation, for whom his father is the horse-keeper.
He was 22 years of age and attended Longholme Sunday school.

Mrs Thompson has received from one of the R.A.M.C. a letter containing the following:

March 24th 1918
Dear Mrs. Thompson

Sorry to inform you that your son, Sergt Thompson, died today at 1 o'clock. He was badly wounded. Everything that was possible was done for him. You will be informed where he was buried in due course. May God give you strength to bear this sad news. Yours sincerely

Pte A. WALLACE
R.A.M.C.

Source: R.F.P. 13th April 1918 p8 c3 - 20th April 1918 p5 c5
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