Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private George MEEKS  -  Private William MEEKS  -  Lance Corporal W. MILLER
Private Harry MOORE  -  Gunner John MOSES  -  Private R. G. MURGATROYD

Private George MEEKS - killed in action 26th October 1917
George Meeks

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Meeks of Phillips Town, Whitewell Bottom, have received notice of the death in action in France of their son, Private George Meeks, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

 Private Meeks was 26 years of age and joined the army on the 16th of October last year. He was drafted to France in January last, and subsequently saw some severe fighting. In September last he had a narrow escape of losing his life owning to the blowing up by a shell, of the dug-out which he was occupying at the time. The news now received states that he was killed on Oct. 26th, after having gone over the parapet for the first time.

The young soldier was well-known in the Lumb Valley. Prior to joining up he was employed in the scutching room at Osborne Mill, Whitewell Bottom at which his father is a carder. he was connected with Salem Sunday School, Hollin and was much respected.

Source: R.F.P. 17th November 1917 p8 c3 - 1st December 1917 p8 c3
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Private William MEEKS - 3rd February 1918

Lance Corporal W. MILLER - died 4th June 1915

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Private Harry MOORE - killed in action 14th July 1916
Harry Moore

Official news was received on Tuesday evening by Mrs. H. Moore, who resides in Margaret Street, Rawtenstall, that her husband, Pte. H. Moore, of the 8th East Yorkshire Regiment, had been killed in action on Friday, July 14th, in the great battle on the western front in France.
Pte. Moore enlisted early in September, 1914 in the 19th Hussars, and was later transferred to the 8th East Yorks and went to France in September lust. He had been in several engagements including the great battle of Loos, in which his lieutenant was wounded and invalided home.
Pte. Moore, afterwards wrote to 2nd Lieut. Hutchinson in England to let him know how they were going on in France and in reply received a letter which contained amongst other things the following, which shows the high regard in which the Rawtenstall soldier was held :- "Dear Pte. Moore,-It was very thoughtful of you to let me know how things were going. As you see I am now at my home having practically recovered, the only thing that I have not got the full use of is my left arm. Did you receive two parcels of cakes a short time ago which I sent you? When fit for service again I don't suppose I shall be returned to the 8th Battalion. It is rather a pity as I should very much like to come back to the old company. In closing, I should like to say how much I appreciated your help and coolness in our advance through Loos, etc. We remarked at Holton that you would be a valuable man on service and were not mistaken."
Pte. Moore was nearly 25 years of age and married. He was well-known and respected in Rawtenstall and played with Rawtenstall Cricket Club second eleven previous to enlisting. For several years he has been a regular attender at the Rawtenstall Spiritualist Lyceum and a memorial service will be conducted there on Sunday evening, August 13th.

Source: R.F.P. 5th August 1916 p8 c5
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Gunner John MOSES - killed in action 30th October 1917

Another Rawtenstall young man, Gunner John Moses, of the Royal Field Artillery, has paid the supreme sacrfice. Intimation to this effect was first conveyed in a letter from a lieutenant to Mr. and Mrs. E Moses of Road Fields, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, and has since been officially confirmed.

In his letter the lieutenant expressed the deep sympathy of himself, fellow officers and men of the battery, and says that Gunner Mosed been sent from the battery to headquaters with a message, which he safely delivered. It is presumed that he meet with a severe wound on returning to his battery, and on being taken to the dressing station he succumbed almost immediately. The date of his death was October 30th. He was buried with full military honours, and a cross has been erected.

Gunner Moses was well-known in the district. He attended St. Mary's Church and Sunday School, Rawtenstall, and his intelligent and genial disposition won him a host of friends. Like many others from this district he joined the colours soon after the outbreak of hostilities, throwing in his lot with the Royal Field Artillery on November 11th 1914, at the age of 17. After training at various camps he set sailfor Egypt on January 11th 1916. He was there only a short time, however, and was then drafted to France, where he served with his battery for 18 months, and consequently took part in much heavy fighting.

Prior to Enlistment, Gunner Moses was employed by Mr. J. H. Hargreaves, painter, of Ormerod- street, Rawtenstall, and was last home on leave during the July holidays of this year. He would have been 21 years of age next February. His father is the well-known bootmaker and repairer, at Fallbarn Terrace, Rawtenstall.

Source: R.F.P. 1st December 1917 p8 c3
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Private R. G. MURGATROYD - died 17th May 1917

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