Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private George James ABBOTT  -  Private Giles Herbert ALSTON   -  Lance-Corporal Frank ASHWORTH
Private Fred ASHWORTH  -  Private John ASHWORTH  -  Private John James ASHWORTH

Private George James ABBOTT - killed in action 15th Sept 1916
George James Abbott

Official intimation has been received by his relatives at 724, Rose Vale Terrace, Crawshawbooth, of the death in action in France of Pte. George James Abbott. The deceased, who was 23 years of age, was the son of Mr. George Abbott, who for the past two or three years has been an employee at the Loveclough Printworks.
Pte. G. J. Abbott was in the Army prior to the outbreak of the war, and when hostilities commenced he was stationed in India with the 2nd Lincolns. He was transferred from India to France in. November, 1914, and attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He was in the trenches for eleven months, went through the battles of Ypres, Hill 60 and Neuve Chappel, and was wounded at Loos. Having regained convalescence he came to his relatives at Crawshawbooth last Christmas, and then in March returned to the firing line. The official intimation states that he was killed in France on September 15th last.
The deceased was a fine type of a soldier, and was much respected by his comrades. A brother, Pte. William Abbott, is with the R.A.M.C. at Salonika, a brother-in-law, Pte. Jack Rothwell is with the East Lancashires in France, and another brother-in-law, Fred Vear, is a sea-faring man and is at present on a mine-sweeper.

Source: R.F.P. 7th October 1916 p5 c4
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Private Giles Herbert ALSTON - killed in action 20th October 1917

Official information was received on Thursday of the death in action in France on the 26th of October, of Private G. Herbert Alston, who prior to enlisting resided at 1, The Holmes, Rawtenstall.
Private Alston enlisted at Manchester in the Royal Marines on the 12th of February 1916 and was drafted to France in the September following.
Early in March of this year he was invalided to England with trench feet. On his landing he was conveyed to a hospital in glasgow, where he remained until July, when again he was sent to France.
We understand that he must have only been in the fighting when he met his death.
The deceased soldier, was 27 years of age, formerly worked at Messrs. Hardman's woollen mill, Newhallhey, Rawtenstall.

Source: R.F.P. 8th December 1917 p8 c3
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Lance-Corporal Frank ASHWORTH - killed in action 18th July 1916
Frank Ashworth

We regret to record the death of another Lumb Valley soldier. Mrs. Ashworth,of Burnley-road, Stout Bottom, has received official intimation from tiie War Office that her husband, Lance-Corporal Frank Ashworth, has been killed in action. He was wounded on July l0th, and died on the 18th. The subject of our sketch was a bright hearty young fellow, and was 35 years of age. He leaves a widow and two children, aged 3 years and 6 years respectively, to mourn his demise. The deepest sympathy goes out to the family in their sad bereavement. His wife is a sister of Mr. T. B. Windle, of Scout House, and previous to enlistment the late soldier was employed at Windle's Scout quarries. Lance-Corporal Frank Ashworth enlisted in the East Lancashire Regt. in October 1914 was drafted out to France on August 1st 1915. and was last home on furlough January 7th of this year. He was connected with Mount Zion Baptist Sunday School, Edgeside. But he is perhaps best known for his work in connection with Scout Bottom Liberal Club. He was a most ardent, worker for the Liberal cause; in addition to being the secretary of the Scout Bottom branch of the League of Young Liberals he was also the treasurer of the Rossendale Federation of Liberal Clubs.

Source: R.F.P. 5th August 1916 p8 c4
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Private Fred ASHWORTH - killed in action 22nd April 1918
Fred Ashworth

Mr and Mrs Ashworth, of 366 Bacup Road, Hareholme, on Thursday received a packet containing the pocket wallet and personal effects of their son, Pte Fred Ashworth, together with a brief letter from the captain intimating that Pte Ashworth was killed in action on April 22nd last.
Pte Ashworth had been in the Army about 17 months, and about 13 months in France. He was over on leave three months ago.
He was 23 years of age, and up to answering the call was a clicker in the employ of Mr J. H. Hirst, slipper manufacturer, Waterfoot, and was a most popular young man. He was a highly esteemed scholar at St James’ Sunday School. The deceased soldier was also well-known in the Newchurch district, where he resided, from Monday to Friday each week, with his grandmother

Source: R.F.P. 4th May 1918 p8 c1 - 11th May 1918 p8 c4 - 1st June 1918 p4 c6 & p5 c3
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Private John ASHWORTH - died 6th February 1918

We deeply regret to state that Mr Richard Ashworth, of Nelson Square, Goodshaw, received official intimation on Thursday that his eldest son, John, attached to the R.A.M.C., River Sick Convoy Unit, died on February 6th in the British General Hospital, Amara, Mesopotamia. The deceased was a bright and promising young fellow, and a member of a well-known and esteemed family in this district, with whom the deepest sympathy is felt in their sad bereavement.

Source: R.F.P. 16th February 1918 p5 c3
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Private John James ASHWORTH - killed in action 5th April 1916
John James Ashworth

Official intimation has been received from the War Office by Mrs, Ashworth, 1 Elm-street, Rawtenstall, that her son, Private John James Ashworth, 6th East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on April 5th, 1916. He enlisted at Rawtenstall about 15 months ago. His father is serving in the King's Own Royal Lancaster's and is now stationed near Plymouth. The late Private J. J. Ashworth was a membeir of St. James-the-Less Roman Catholic Church, Rawtenstall and on Sunday last sympathetic references were made to the late soldier. He was a regular attender at the church and special prayers were offered by the congregation present. At the conclusion of the Mass the Dead March in "Saul" was rendered by the organist, Mr Albert Fenton. The dead soldier was well liked and greatly respected by all knew him.

Source: R.F.P. 10th June 1916 p8 c4
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