Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Cecil Clifford CAPELL  -  Gunner Herbert CARTER  -  Private Joseph CAYGILL
Corporal William CHADDERTON  -  Private Arthur CLEGG  -  Private Harold CLEGG

Private Cecil Clifford CAPELL - died 21st April 1918

Gunner Herbert CARTER - died 8th November 1917
Herbert Carter

The sad news of the death of her son, Gunner H. Carter, has been received by his mother, Mrs. E. A. Carter, 162 Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall.
The first intimation came from Gunner Carter's sergeant, who writes that after being wounded the former never recovered consciousness and passed quietly away.
Letters have also been received from the Captain and Army Chaplain,in which it is stated that Gunner Carter was buried in a Military Cemetery at Ypres. The officers and many of the men followed the remains to the grave and a service was read by the army chaplain.
Gunner Carter joined the R.G.A. on May 14th last and went out to France on September 10th. He was 31 years of age. In his letters home he always spoke well of his officers and the members of his battery.
He was well known locally have, during his late father's illness taken on the duties of chapel-keeper at Haslingden Road School and Chapel. He was of a kind and genial disposition.

Source: R.F.P. 24th November 1917 p8 c3
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Private Joseph CAYGILL - died 28th October 1917

Private Joseph Caygill, well known in the Cloughfold and Waterfoot districts, has died of wounds.
The intimation which was received on Thursday from the Record Office at Preston by Mrs. Caygill, the deceased soldier’s wife who resides at 1 Heys Street, Cloughfold, states that Private Caygill received his wounds in the head, ear, shoulder and knee, and that he died in hospital in France on the 28th of October.
Private Caygill joined the forces in April 1915 and became attached to the King’s Own Regiment.
He went to the front in February of this year and had recently been having a rest. He was to have gone up the line on the 24th ult. So that he must have met his death a few days later.
Before enlisting Private Caygill was employed by Sir H. W. Trickett Ltd., Waterfoot, and attended the Hareholme Primitive Methodist Church. He was 25 years of age.
It is worthy of note that Private Caygill’s family comprised five brothers and three sisters. The whole of the five brother, the respective husbands of the three sisters, as well as a son of one of the sisters were all in the army. One of them has now made the sacrifice.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd November 1917 p5 c5
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Corporal William CHADDERTON - died 27th March 1919

The death took place early on Thursday morning at the Edmonton Military Hospital, London, of Corporal William Chadderton, of 17 Taylor Street, Rawtenstall. The deceased soldier, who was 34 years of age, was a nephew of Mr. Walter Chadderton, brush manufacturer of Bacup Road, where he was employed prior to joining the army in June 1916. He was also ---- with St Mary’s Church, and was a member of the young men’s institute. A widow is left to mourn her loss.
The late Corporal Chadderton was in the 12th Batt. King’s Liverpool Regt., and went to France in October 1916. After having been out seven months he contracted trench fever, and was invalided to England and sent to Golders Green Military Hospital. He went out ----- the line about August 1917, and was badly gassedby mustard gas after being in France about seven weeks. The seriousness of his affliction can be estimated from the fact that he was partially blinded and ------less for about a fortnight.
He was again sent to England and for some time underwent at a V.A.D. Hospital at Coalville Leicestershire. About eight ago he went overseas for the third time, subsequently being wounded and slightly gassed. While at a base in France he contracted influenza. This developed into double pneumonia. On being transferred to England he was sent to the Edmonton Military Hospital, where he died as stated, after having been partially bedridden since November last. His end came as a result of complications.
The funeral is to take place on Tuesday afternoon at Rawtenstall Cemetery.

Source: R.F.P 29th March 1919 p8 c3
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Private Arthur CLEGG - killed in action 28th April 1917

Private Arthur Clegg, son of Mr and Mrs Clegg, of 8 Wales Bank, Waterfoot is reported killed in action. Private Clegg had been reported missing since April 28th last, but his parents last weekend received a letter from a Bacup soldier in the same regiment saying that their son had been killed, and had died in a shell hole behinds the lines.
Private Clegg was 27 years of age and was the eldest son of John Clegg, steward of the Newchurch Catholic Club. He enlisted at the end of August 1914 – about 3 weeks after the war broke out, and became attached to the East Lancashire Regiment. He trained in different parts of the country and subsequently was transferred to the Essex Regiment. He had been in France nearly twelve months.
In civil life he was a mill operative and at the time of enlisting was employed at Ross Mill, Bacup. He was connected with St James’ Church, Waterfoot.
Mr and Mrs Clegg have another son, Private William Clegg, with the forces. The latter enlisted at the same time as his now deceased brother Arthur, but was discharged. In April last he was re-called for service and is now with the Training Reserve.

Source: R.F.P. 18th August 1917 p5 c5 - 25th August 1917 p7 c3 - 8th September 1917 p8 c4
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Private Harold CLEGG - killed in action 24th July 1918

Regret will be occasioned by the news of the death in France of Pte. Harold Clegg, 70th Company, and whose home was the Water Board Office, Rawtenstall. The news has been conveyed to Mrs. Clegg in a letter from the C.O. of the company, from the chaplain of the company and a comrade.
The latter in his letter states:- Poor Harold was killed instantly by a shell while asleep, and therefore suffered no pain. A shell fell in his ---- at midnight on July 24th and killed six other comrades. I know sympathy won't heal your aching heart in your sad loss , but it will console you to know that all his section boys will dearly miss him, for we have lost a good comrade. He was always cheerful and willing. You have al my sympathy, and also from No. 8 Section boys. His close chum Harry was killed by the same shell. Harold had always a kind word for us all. I was chatting with him a few hours before he was killed, and he was then, as he always was quite happy. You can rest assured that if we could have done anything for him at that time he would have received every attention, but it was no use, for the shell clean amongst seven of them.
The chaplain above referred to is the Rev. Louis Rogers, who was for some years a master at Newchurch Grammar School. Pte. Clegg 28 years of age, and joined up in April 1916, prior to which he was engages as a clicker at Joshua Trickett's Green Bridge Slipper Works, Cowpe. He was drafted out to France in February last year, and was home on leave in February last. He leaves a widow (who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle, of the Waterworks Office, Rawtenstall) and two young children. A brother. Pte Percy Clegg is a prisoner of war in Germany.

Source:R.F.P. 17th August 1918 c5 p5
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