Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private John KNOWLES  -  Private Robert B. KYME  -  Corporal John LAMBERT
Private William LAMBERT  -  Private Charles LANDAMORE  -  Private Tattersall Edmund LANGSTAFFE

Private John KNOWLES - died 19th April 1917

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Private Robert B. Kyme - killed in action 17th February 1918
Robert Bolton Kyme

Mr. and Mrs Joseph Thomas Kyme, of Sagar Holme House, Whitewell Bottom, have received the sad intellegence that their son, Private Robert Bolton Kyme, of the East Lancashire Regiment has been killed in France. The first intimation was received about a fortnight ago from an officer in Private Kyme's regiment and this was comfirmed by an offical intimation received last week end from the War Office.

In his letter the officer decribed how the young soldier came by his death. He says on Saturday morning, February 16th the Germans were shelling our trenches. One of the shells fell near your son abnd buried one of his legs. We managed to get him out and his leg was not damaged in any way. He the went to the other end of the trench, but on arriving there he evidently found they were dropping shells there and was returning back to the centre of the trench when a shell came over and fell behind him, killing him instantaneously.

Private Kyme would have been 22 years of age next month and was of a very pleasant disposition. He was called up nearly two years ago and had been in France about a year and seven months. He was connected with the Wesleyan church and Sunday school, Whitewell Bottom. His elder brother, Private Herbert Kyme is at present in France.

Source: R.F.P. 16 March 1918 p8 c3
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Corporal John LAMBERT - killed in action 28th December 1917
John Lambert

Fuller details have now been received of the manner in which Corporal Jack Lambert, a much esteemed and well-known Waterfoot man, met his death in Salonica. A brief mention of the sad occurrence was given in a recent issue of the "Free Press" Miss J. A. Lambert, the deceased soldier's sister of 4 Fern Lea Street, Waterfoot has now received letters informing that her brother was killed instantly by a shell.
One letter is from a pal of the late Corporal Lambert who writes:- "being a pal of Jack's ever since we came out in this wild country, and both joining the Machine Gun Section, and being made Lance-corporals together, I feel that the loss will not afford me any rest until I drop you a line. He was well loved by all the boys out here, and everyone spoke so well of him and feels his loss so greatly.
It was on the night before we got relieved. Jack was on duty with his machine gun team when the enemy shelled us and one shell struck the trench where Jack was.. He and another man were both instantly killed. They were buried by the Padre just behind the firing line and each grave will be marked with a cross."
A Padre who heads his letter "In the trenches in Serbia" has also written to Miss Lambert:- "I am the Padre who was attached to your brother's regiment and write to express my deep sympathy with you and his dear ones in the loss of your gallant brother on the night of December 29-30th. He was killed outright by the shell and suffered no pain. We buried him with the rites of the church in a little cemetery near the spot where he fell, his comrades standing around in silent sympathy.
There is also a letter from the Second-Lieut. of the platoon to which Corporal Lambert attached, who writes to say that in Corporal Lambert he has lost one of his best men. "He was well liked by the company and they will miss him very much indeed."
Corporal Lambert, it may be added, received his second stripe a few weeks before he was killed.

Source: R.F.P. 12 January 1818 p8 c2 - 26th January 1918 p8 c3 - 4th May 1918 p5 c5
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Private William LAMBERT - killed in action 2nd May 1915
William Lambert

The above is a photo of Private William Lambert, formerly of Waterfoot, who has been killed in the recent fighting in the Dardanelles. Private Lambet, who was thirty-seven years of age, was employed for about fiftenn years at Gaghills slipper Works, but emigrated to Australia about three years ago. He enlisted in the 16th Australian Infantry when war brokeout, and was sent to Egypt after a period of training. His regiment was subsequently ordered to the Dardanelles, and took part in the famous landing on the Galipoli Peninsula, and the subsquent fighting. A brother and sister of the deceased reside in Fern Lea-street, Waterfoot.

Source: R.F.P. 19th June 1915 p5 c2 - 26th June 1915 p5 c1 & p5 c6 - 13th November 1915 p7 c2
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Private Charles LANDAMORE - died 10th August 1916
Charles Landamore

Mr. and Mrs. Landamore, of 28, Union Street, Rawtenstall, have received news of the death from wounds on August 10th, of their son Private Charles Landamore, of the 8th Norfolk Regiment. Private Landamore died in one of the St. John's Ambulance Hospitals, and was buried by the Rev. A. Rowatt Maxwell, chaplain. In the course of a letter to the deceased soldier's parents the chaplain said:-"You will probably have already received word from the War Office of Charles' death. He passed away peacefully yesterday (Aug. 10th) afternoon at 2 o'clock, and I laid his tired body to rest in our little cemetery here this morning. From the very beginning he was in a serious condition. Time and again he showed signs of getting over it, but in the end he gradually got weaker and weaker till he passed away. He was a good lad and passionately devoted to you all. I am sorry for you who are left behind to mourn his loss. May Christ be your comforter and your stay. With Charles it is well. Have no fear he has only gone a little ahead of the rest of us. We shall meet him again, and then; to part no more. God bless you."

Source: R.F.P. 19th August 1916
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Private Tattersall Edmund LANGSTAFFE - died 9th August 1916
Tattersall Edmund Langstaffe

Mr. and Mrs. Langstaffe of 16, Charles-street, Piercy, have received unofficial intimation that their son, Pte. Tattersall Edmund Langstaffe, was killed in action on August 12th. The information is not official but is from a comrade of the deceased, Pte. R. Shackleton, who is in the same regiment. This soldier says that Pte. Langstaffe was killed in his dug-out in France by the bursting of a shell. A fragment of the shell struck him in the groin, and he was so seriously injured that he died on his way to hospital.
Pte. Langstaffe wag 33 years of age last November. Ho enlisted in the East Lancashire Regt. in Oct.1914 and was drafted out to France on August 1st, 1915.
Prior to enlistment he was employed at Albert Works, Whitewell Bottorn, and was a scholar at St. Anne's Sunday School, Edgeside.
He was also an esteemed member of Piercy and Scout Bottom Conservative Club, and was for many years an official of the club. The deceased was of a genial disposition, and his death is deeply regretted. Much sympathy goes out to the family in their bereavement.

Source: R.F.P. 19th August 1916
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