Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Lance Corporal Joe FIELDING  -  Tom FIELDING  -  Private Willie FIELDING
Private John FINNEY  -  Lance Corporal Walter FOULDS  -  Private James GORMAN

Lance Corporal Joe FIELDING - died 23rd April 1918

Ordinary Seaman Tom FIELDING - Killed in action 31st May 1916
Tom Fielding

Official intimation has been received by Mrs. C. M. Fielding, 10 St. Mary’s Place, Rawtenstall that her son, Tom Fielding, lost his life in the great naval battle last week.
The- following letter was sent to Mrs. Fielding by the Accountant General of the Navy:-
"I regret to inform you that H.M.S. Invincible was sunk on the 31st May, 1916, and that the name of Tom Fielding, Boy 1st class, J32495, who is believed to have been on board, does not appear in the lists of survivors received in this department. Under these circumstances it is feared that, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, he must be regarded as having lost his life."
Mrs. Finding also received the following letter from the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour:-
'The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow.'
The young lad, who was only eighteen years of age last April, received his early education at St. Mary's Church Schools. From there he won a scholarship to Newchurch Grammar School in 1909. He was a very smart lad and made splendid progress. Three years ago last August he joined a training ship, and whilst there won a great number of prizes. He had been in the Royal Navy twelve months. Ho was only over in Rawtenstall a month ago and was then very cheerful. Much sympathy is felt with the family in their sad loss.

Source: R.F.P. 10th June 1916 p5 c5
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private Willie FIELDING - died 28th September 1918

No information available

Source: Not Available
Private John FINNEY - died 31st July 1917

Private John Finney whose death, we believe, is now official, was also a chorister at St. John’s church, and an active worker in connection with the church and school. Much sympathy is extended to the family in their great sorrow.

Source: R.F.P. 18th August 1917 p5 c2
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Lance Corporal Walter FOULDS - died 28th September 1918

FOULDS - In sad and loving memory of a dear Husband and Father, Lance Corporal Walter Foulds K.O.R.L., who died of wounds at the 56th Casualty Clearing Station, France, September 28th 1918, aged 25 years.

Could we have raised his dying head,
Or heard his last farewell,
The shock would not have been so hard
For those who loved him well.

"In the midst of life we are in death"

From his sorrowing Wife and Children, 9 Laund-street.

Source: R.F.P. 12th October 1918 p8 c5
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private James GORMAN - died 16 November 1914
James Gorman