Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Lawrence Sagar ASHWORTH  -  Wilfred ASHWORTH  -  William ASHWORTH
Albert ASPDEN  -  Fred Aspden  -  John Walter ASPDEN

Private Lawrence Sagar ASHWORTH
Lawrence Ashworth

Deep sympathy will be extended to Mrs. Ashworth, of 6 The Holmes, Rawtenstall, in the loss she sustained by the death of her husband, Pte. Lawrence S. Ashworth
The deceased soldier joined the forces in January of the present year when he became attached to the Labour Battalion, and about a week later was sent to France. On July 25th Pte. Ashworth was severely wounded, and was evenually removed to England, were he became an inmate of the Mosely-road Military Hospital , Fallowfield. He remained there for about three wweks, but failling to recover from his wounds, his death tookplace on Sunday. Previous to enlisting Pte. Ashworth was employed as a weaver by Messrs. Longworth and Son, at Clowes Mill, and had been connected with Kay-street Baptist Chapel, where for many years he was a member of the choir and a teacher inthe school.
The deceased soldier, who was 39 years of age, was very well known, held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and three young children.
The remains were brought to Rawtenstall on Tuesday, and were interred in Rawtenstall Cemetery on Thursday, amid many manifestations of sympathy.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd September 1917 p2 c2
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Private Wilfred ASHWORTH - killed in action 31st July 1917

ASHWORTH - In loving memory of our dear son Pte. Wilfred Ashworth of 18 Hobson Street, Rawtenstall, who fell in action 31st July 1917

Source: R.F.P. 18th August 1917 p8 c2 (Roll of Honour)
Private William ASHWORTH - died 24th October 1918
William Ashworth

The funeral of the late Private W. Ashworth, whose death occured at Reading War Hospital, took place on Wednesday afternoon at the old Baptist Chapel, Goodshaw, amidst every manifestation of sympathy and esteem. The Rev. D. Sutherland officiated.

Source: R.F.P. 26th October 1918 p5 c4 - 2nd November 1918 p5 c3 - 9th November 1918 p8 c2
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Rifleman Albert ASPDEN - killed in action 15th July 1916
Albert Aspden

Official news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Aspden, of 167, Cribden View, Rawtenstall, that their youngest son, Private Albert Aspden, of the 16th Battalion King's Royal Rifles, has been killed in action in France on July 15th. The deceased soldier, who was twenty five years of age last June, joined; the colours on October 9th 1914, and had been in France since November last. Prior to joining the army he assisted his father who is a partner in the firm of Messrs. Thorpe and Co., of Laund Mill. He was a regular attender at St. Paul's Church, Constable Lee, and was a member of the choir. He was also an old member of the St. Mary's Church Lad's Brigade. He was an ardent worker on behalf of the Junior Conservative League and had acted as secretary for a great number of years. The late Private Aspden was well-known and highly respected in the district and great sympathy will be felt for the family in their sad bereavement.
In the course of a letter to Mr. and Mrs.Aspden the Company Sergeant-Major says:— "I regret having to tell you about your son Rifleman A. Aspden, who was killed in action while the company was attacking a wood durring an advance on the 15th. He went to help a comrade who had been wounded and was probably shot bv the same sniper. He will be much here as he was very popular in his platoon and had done good work in the company. His company officer was pleased with his work and would have written to you personally but unfortunately he was himself killed in the same attack."

Writing home three days before he was killed Private Aspden said that they had been very busy and had been on the move for a week. They had passed through some lovely country and were about to take part in the push, so things looked like being jolly hot. Proceeding he said the night they left tho trenchcs they marchedd about ten miles and stayed a day, then the following day they entrained and had about ten miles ride in a French first-class carriage, viz cattl trucks. On arriving further south they had a march of about twenty-five miles. After a day or two they moved another ten miles and bivouaced out the night. They were going to move again the day he wrote the letter and make an end of Fritz." After telling his mother not to worry as he would take good care of himself he said "If I fall I shall fall as an Englishman does - fighting, and not as a conscientious objector.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow afternoon in St. Paul's Church, Constable Lee, at 3 o'clock.

"It was with great regret that I heard of the death of Private A. Aspden, son of Mr. Arthur Aspden, of Burnley-road, Rawtenstall. He joined the Army immediately on the outbreak of the war, and from that time to his death, proved himself a true and noble Englishman. As a citizen of the country he was above the average. He was well educated, was most conccientious in the affairs of life, and had he lived would have proved a noble and honourable man in business and private life. He took an active part in the " Junior League" being local secretary, and the duties were performed with satisfaction to all.
We have lost a citizen who would have made his mark had he been spared, and the world is so much the worse for his death. He proved himself an ideal son, a noble Englishman and a loving friend. He forms one of that glorious band, we shall never forgot, and whom we can ill spare a, true and noble patriot He had not much to offer to his country, but what he had he gave willingly, and cheerfully. before he went to France he wrote:/

"Two things he held, and one was love.
That crowned his youth, a glorious crown;
Love called him, and his Country called,
He laid love down.

Two things he held, and one was life
Fulfilled, when came, the war, God's frown:
Life called him but his country called
He laid life down."

Source: R.F.P. 5th August 1916 p8 c5 - 12th August 1916 p6 c1
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Private Fred ASPDEN - died 3rd November 1918
Fred Aspden

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Aspden, 169 Cribden View, Rawtenstall, will regret to hear of the death of their only son, Pte. F Aspden, who died on November 3rd from influenza and pneumonia in a hospital in Dalhousie, India. The news has been received by telegram from the Record Office of the Royal West Kent Cycle Corps, to which Pte. Aspden was attached. Only the same morning the parents had received a cheerful letter from their son stating the at the time of writing he was in good health.

Pte. Aspden, who was 27 years of age, joined the forces in November 1916, and was drafted out to India in March of the following year. On the way out he spent brief intervals in South Africa and East Africa. On the voyage, after leaving Durban, the ship caught fire and the man had to take to the life boats. Pte Aspden and others were in a small boat for four or five hours and were then picked up and eventually arrived at Bombay. He had been in several skirmishes with the hostile tribes on the Frontier.

In civil life the deceased soldier was an overlooker at Thorpes, Laund Mill. He was a member of St Mary’s Bible Class and was much respected.

Source: R.F.P. 30th November 1918 p8 c5 - 7th December 1918
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Private John Walter ASPDEN

Rawtenstall people will regret to learn that Pte. John William(sic) Aspden, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Aspden, of 11 Ash Grove, Rawtenstall, as died in hospital.
Private Aspden joined the forces in june of this year and became attached to the Lancs. Fusiliers. He had been in training at Withernsea in Yorks. and we understand that about a fortnight ago he was conveyed to a military hospital in Hull suffering from an internal complaint. He underwent an operation but this was unsuccessful and he died as stated at about two o'clock on Teusday morning.
At the time he joined up the deceased soldier resided at Middleton, where he was employed as a pavior. Before leaving the district he was connected with St Paul's Church, Constablelee.
This is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Aspden who has died whilst serving with the forces, the other two both dying as a result of wounds recieved in action. Deep sympathy will be extended to the bereaved family. Three other are still serving.
Private Aspden, who was 30 years of age, leaves a wife and three children.

Scource: R.F.P. 20th October 1917 p5 c6
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details