Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private William JORDAN  -  Private William Robert JORDAN  -  Thomas KELLY
Private Walter KERSHAW  -  2nd Lieutenant Rowland KITCHEN  -  Private Harry KNOWLES

Private William JORDAN - died 17th May 1917

Mrs Jordan, of Beech Street, Rawtenstall, has received an official announcement that her husband, Pte. William Jordan, has died in hospital of wounds received in Mesopotamia. The deceased, who was 25 years of age, was attached to the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
He joined up on February 29th 1916, prior to which he was employed at the Fold Mill, Rawtenstall. He was married subsequent to joining the colours and much sympathy will be extended to his young widow. The late soldier was connected with Springside Mission.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd June 1917 p8 c3
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Private William Robert JORDAN - died 16th October 1917

News has been received by Mrs Jordan of her husband, Pte W. R. Jordan, West Surrey Regiment, who, it now appears, died from wounds on October 16th 1917.
A cross containing his name has been erected to mark his grave in the Military Cemetery where he was buried.
He was employed at Haslingden Cash Clothing Store before he joined the colours on January 7th 1917. He was a son of Mr Jordan, formerly steward of the Rawtenstall Liberal Club.

Source: R.F.P. 27th October 1917 p5 c4 - 10th November 1917 p5 c1 - 17th November 1917 p8 c2
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Private Thomas KELLY - killed in action 10th April 1916
Thomas Kelly

We regret to record the death of Pte. Thomas Kelly, of the 6th Batt. East Lancashire Regiment. He was killed on April 10th, whilst with the British Relief Force in Mesopotamia. He was previously twice wounded in the Dardanelles.
He was 34 years of age and resided at Woodcroft Street midway between Crawshawbooth and Rawtenstall. He married to daughter of Mr. Sidley, of Reedsholme, and leaves three young children.
Pte. Kelly was also brother to the Rawtenstall cricketer. We understand that a memorial service will be held at Constablelee Church on Sunday.

Source: R.F.P. 6th May 1916 p8 c6
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Private Walter KERSHAW - died 26th March 1918

2nd Lieutenant Rowland KITCHEN - died 9th April 1918

Private Harry KNOWLES - died 21st September 1915
Harry Knowles

We regret to announce that Pte. Harry Knowles of Hareholme, Cloughfold, has died in hospital from wounds received in the fighting in France. He is a son of Mr. Harry Knowles, a well known carpet printer, and leaves a widow and three little children, the eldest being seven years of age. Prior to joining the army Knowles was employed at Scout Quarries, Newchurch, and was also a well-known violinist, being a member of Messrs. Warburton Bros. Orchestral Band.
News of his demise came on Monday morning, in the following letter to his widow, from the Army Chaplain:- “September 22nd, 1915. Dear Mrs. Knowles, I greatly regret to inform you of the death of your husband, Private H. Knowles, who died in hospital yesterday after being fatally wound in the stomach. I am the Church of England chaplain attached to the Field Ambulance, and I was suddenly sent for on Monday night by the officer commanding the hospital, and I found your husband in a very critical condition. He was unconscious, but while I waited by his bedside he suddenly came to, and I spoke to him then and did all I could for him. He was very easy in mind, and after a little talk he understood who I was and told me he was not afraid to die. It was extremely sad, yet very wonderful. I called to see him next morning and the doctors told me he was very bad, but might last a few hours. He was sleeping quite peacefully, and half-an-hour after I left he passed away in his sleep. I buried him last evening, after dusk. in the civil cemetery of the village in which the hospital is situate. It was a very impressive scene, very solemn yet it was brightened by the knowledge that he had died as a man in the service of his country.

Source: R.F.P. 2nd October 1915 p5 c4 - 13th November 1915 p7 c1 - 22nd February 1916 p6 c4
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