Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private John H. CUNLIFFE  -  Private John Henry CUNLIFFE  -  Signaller J. W. CUNLIFFE
Private Arthur DAVIS  -  Rifleman Harry DAWSON  -  Gunner Arthur DEARDEN

Private John H. Cunliffe - died 3rd July 1916
John H. Cunliffe

Official news was received on Wednesday by Mr. Rothwell, of 14, Mount Pleasant, Rawtenstall, that his brother-in-law, Private John Cunliffe, had died on July 3rd, from wounds received in action. Private Cunliffe, who was 36 years of age, enlisted a fortnight after the outbreak of war in the Royal Garrison Artillery, but was subsequently transferred to the machine gun section of the Cheshire Regiment. He was drafted out to France a fortnight before Christmas and had not had any leave since then. The deceased soldier had previously served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the South Africa War and in the West Indies.

Source: R.F.P. 15th July 1916 p8 c4
Private John Henry CUNLIFFE - killed in action 30th August 1918

CUNLIFFE - In ever-loving memory our dear son, Gunner J. H. Cunliffe, R.G.A. who was killed while doing his duty, August 30th 1918.

Sleep on dear son, in a far off grave,
A grave we may never see;
But as long as life and memory last
We shall always think of thee.

No one knows the parting,
Or what the parting cost;
But God in His great mercy
Has gained what we have lost.

From his sorrowing Mother, Father and Brothers Ernest, Fred and George (in France).

Source: R.F.P. 21st September 1918 p8 c6
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Signaller Joseph W. CUNLIFFE - died 14th July 1916

No information available

Private Arthur DAVIS - killed in action 5th March 1915
Arthur Davis

The above is a photo of the late Private Arthur Davies, formerly of 9 Union-street, Hareholme, who has been killed in action. Deceased was a reservist in the 1st East Lancashires, and prior to rejoining the colours was employed as a cobbler at Mr. J. H. Hirst's slipper works, Newchurch. A letter reached his mother on Sunday morning from the War Office, stating that he had been killed in action on the 5th inst. Attached to the letter was, the following:—“The King wishes are to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow.—Kitchener.”
Great sympathy is felt for the mother and the family in their sad bereavement. Davies was a respected member of Cloughfold Conservative Club, where the flag is flying at half-mast.

Source: R.F.P. 20th March 1915 p3 c3
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Rifleman Harry DAWSON - died 24th August 1916

Gunner George Arthur DEARDEN - killed in action 5th August 1917

DEARDEN – In loving memory of my dear Son, Gunner G. A. Dearden, R.F.A. who was killed in action in France, August 5th 1917.
Sleep on dear son in a far-off grave,
A grave we may never see;
But as long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
From Father and all.

In St. James Church, Waterfoot on Sunday evening a memorial service was held to the memory of the late Gunner G. A. Dearden, of George’s Row, Waterfoot, whose death in action has previously been reported. There was a large congregation. The service was conducted by the Rev. T. E. Peel, vicar, who made appropriate reference to the deceased and spoke of his long connection with the church and Sunday school. He had been for 20 years a member of the choir, and had an exceptional record at Sunday school.
Special music was rendered by the choir under the leadership of Mr T Nuttall, and at the close of the service Mr Riley, the organist played the “Dead March.”

Source: R.F.P. 8th September 1917 p8 c4 - 15th September 1917 p8 c3
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