Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Driver R. HARDMAN  -  Private George HARGREAVES  -  Private Herbert W. HARGREAVES
Private J. T. HARGREAVES  -  Private John HARGREAVES  -  Private Richard HARGREAVES

Driver R. HARDMAN - died 8th May 1917

Private George HARGREAVES - killed in action 11th April 1917
George Hargreaves

The identity disc of Private George Hargreaves, East Lancashire Regiment, has been received by the family at Shawclough Road, Scoutbottom, and it is now concluded that he is dead. He was reported missing at Monchy on April 11th 1917.

Private Hargreaves was the third son of Mr. William Hargreaves, steward of the Scoutbottom Liberal Club, and was 30 years of age. He enlisted in February 1916 and went out to France in July of the same year.

Private Hargreaves was a well known member of Scout Bottom Liberal Club and the flag is this week flying at half mast in his memory. He was one of the oldest billiard players in the league tournaments in connection with the club. One son of Mr. and Mrs. Hargreaves is in France, and another son has been in the army and been discharged. A memorial service is to be held tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at Salem Chapel, Hollin in memory of Private George Hargreaves.

Source: R.F.P. 27th April 1918 p8 c3
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Private Herbert Wilson HARGREAVES - killed in action 10th February 1917

It is well known that quite a number of Rossendale men are in that portion of the King’ Own Royal Lancaster Regiment which during the past few weeks, has been active in the operations on the Tigris in the neighbourhood of Kut. Unfortunately the severe which has recently taken place in the Mesopotamia area has resulted in the deaths of both a Waterfoot soldier and a Rawtenstall soldier. There is a chain of coincidences in the fact that they both belonged to the Borough of Rawtenstall; they were both in the same regt; they both died of wounds on the same day in Mesopotamia, and their bereaved wives at home each got the official intimation of their deaths on the same day.
Pte. Herbert Hargreaves, one of the unfortunate soldiers who lost his life, resided with his wife at 20 Wales Bank, Newchurch. He was 32 years of age, and joined the King’s Own Royal Lancasters on May 22nd last. He sailed with his draft for Mesopotamia on October 15th, and was subsequently in several engagements on the Tigris.
His wife received official intimation on Friday that he had died of wounds on February 10th.
Pte. Hargreaves was particularly well-known in the Waterfoot and Scout districts. He was a very creditable piano player, and for a period was the organist at Salem U.M.C., Hollin. In his earlier days he was connected with the Sunday School at that place. He was a popular member if the Scout bottom Conservative Club, and prior to joining up was an employee in the finishing department at Mr J. H. Hirst’s Whitewell Slipper Works. He leaves a widow to whom the fullest sympathy will be extended.
A memorial service will be held in the Salem Chapel on Sunday week, March 11th.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd March 1917 p8 c3 - 17th March 1917 p8 c2
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Private James Thomas Hargreaves - died 17th July 1917

We deeply regret to announce the death of Pte. James Thomas Hargreaves, whose parents reside in Co-operation Street, Crawshawbooth. The gallant young soldier – he was only 20 years of age – died of heat-stroke in Mesopotamia on July 17th. Pte. Hargreaves enlisted when he was 18 years of age, and was wounded in July last year in France. He went to Mesopotamia on October 9th 1916. Pte Hargreaves attended St John’s school and church.

Source: R.F.P. 4th August 1917 p5 c1 - 11th August 1917 p5 c4
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Private John HARGREAVES - died 12th May 1917

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Private Richard HARGREAVES - killed in action 19th June 1917

We deeply regret to record the death in action of Pte. Richard Hargreaves, who formerly resided at 19 Thorn Street, Rawtenstall. The sad news has been conveyed to Mrs Hargreaves, the deceased soldier’s wife, by official letter, and also by the captain in charge of the Battalion to which Pte. Hargreaves was attached.
In his letter the captain says:-

It is with much sorrow that I write you of the sad loss you have sustained, and of which no doubt you have already received information.
In this terrible war your husband has loyally given himself for his country’s sake. With others he was working on railways a few miles behind the front when a long distance shell fell amongst a group of my men. I can truly say he will be greatly missed.
The officers, N.C.O.’s and men join me in expressing my deepest sympathy with you in your great loss.
Yours sincerely
R. L. ROBERTS, Capt.
Labour Coy.

Pte. Hargreaves joined the forces in a labour battalion of a Cheshire Regt., in July 1916, and was sent with a draft to France in December of last year. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a weaver at Reedsholme Mill, Rawtenstall, and had been connected with Sunnyside Baptist Sunday School and Church, where a memorial service will be held on Sunday evening.
The deceased soldier, who was 25 years of age, was very well known and respected in the Rawtenstall, and was the son of Mr and Mrs James Hargreaves of Swinshaw Gardens, Loveclough. Two other brothers are also serving in France.

Source:R.F.P. 30th June 1917 - 14th July 1917 - 21st July 1917
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