Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Captain Maurice Baldwin BOLTON  -  Private Edward BRADFORD  -  Private Fred BRADLEY
Private Ronald BRADLEY  -  Private Tom BREGHTY  -  Gunner Frank BROWN

Captain Maurice Baldwin BOLTON - died 26th March 1918
Maurice Baldwin Bolton

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Source: R.F.P. 4th January 1919 p8 c2
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Private Edward BRADFORD - died 14th December 1914

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Private Fred BRADLEY - killed in action 23rd October 1918

We regret to record the lose which Mr. and Mrs. Foster Bradley, of Rose Mount, Booth road, Waterfoot, have sustained by the death of another of their sons, namely, Pte. Fred Bradley, who was killed in action on October 23rd last. The sad news reach the parents on Monday – the day on which the armistice was signed.

Pte. Bradley would have been 20 years of age next month. He joined the forces in January of last year, and went out to France after about six months training. In civil life he was employed as a slipper worker at Messers W Hardman and Coy’s Union Works, Waterfoot, and was a much respected scholar at the Unitarian Sunday School, Newchurch. He was also an esteemed member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, at which institution the flag has been flying mast during the week in respect to his memory.

He is the second son Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have lost in the war, the other one being killed on October 30th 1916. Deep sympathy will go to them in their double bereavement.

Source: R.F.P. 16th November 1918 p8 c1
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Private Ronald Bradley - killed in action 31st October 1916
Ronald Bradley

We regret to record the death in action of another Waterfoot soldier, namely, Private Ronald Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Bradley of 13, West Street, Waterfoot. The information was received by Mr. and Mrs. Bradley on Tuesday morning from the Infantry Record Office at Preston. The announcement is to the effect that their son, Private Ronald Bradley, 23958, of the 2nd Batt. Royal Lancaster Regiment, had been killed in action on the 31st of October last. The official record does not give the locality of his death, but as he was last heard from in Salonica it is presumed that he has fallen there.

Private Bradley was 19 years of age last April, and immediately prior to joining up was employed by Messrs. Geoffrey and Co., sock manufacturers at Warth, Water foot. Before that he worked at Messrs. Spencer and Johnson's Slipper Works. He enlisted on the 12th of May last, and visited Waterfoot on furlough about the July holidays. He was drafted to Salonica on the last Monday in August and arrivwl1 there on the 9th of September. The last Jotter which his parents received from him was dated! October 11th and he was then in good health.

Private Bradley was a well-known and much esteemed young man, and was a scholar at Bethlehem Unitarian Sunday School, Newchurch. He was one of the members of the Dramatic Society, and had taken part in the dramatic recitals which have been held there from time to time. He was also a popular member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, at which institution the flag is flying at half-mast in respect to his memory. Mr. Foster Bradley, the father of the deceased soldier, is employed as a block printer at the Broad Oak Print Works. Arlington. Private Bradley was the eldest son.

Source: R.F.P. 25th November 1916 p8 c3
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Private Tom BREGHTY - died 16th April 1918

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Gunner Frank BROWN - died 29th July 1917

Official intimation has been received by Mrs. Brown, Windle Street, Cloughfold, that her husband, Gunner Frank Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Brown, 5 Plantation Street, Cloughfold, had died from wounds received in action in France on Sunday July 29th. The deceased soldier, who was well known and highly respected in Cloughfold, joined up about 12 months ago and had been in France about 8 months. He was employed in the grocery department at Cawl-terrace Co-operative Society, where the flag is flying at half mast.
On Friday week Mrs Brown received a letter from the Chaplain that here husband had been wounded in the body and hand and was doing vey well. The following day another letter came from the same person, but dated one day previous to the first communication saying that Gunner Brown had died from the wounds and had been buried in a churchyard early this week. A friend of the soldier livinf in Stacksteads received a cheerful letter saying that he was in good health. This must havebeen written on the Sunday morning that he received the fatal wounds in the afternoon.
Great sympothy is felt for the wife and parents of Gunner Brown, who was a very cheerful young man, and had not been married very long.

Source: R.F.P. 11th August 1917 p5 c6 - 18th August 1917 p5 c4 - 25th August p7 c1
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