Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Thomas O'BRIEN  -  Private James ODDIE  -  Private Dan OLDFIElD
Private J. R. ORMEROD  -  Private Walter ORMEROD  -  Private Fred OVERTON

Private Thomas O'BRIEN - killied in action 26th September 1915
Thomas O'Brien

Mrs, O'Brien, of 2A, South-street, Rawtenstall has this week received a letter from a soldier in France to say that her son, Pte. Thomas O'Brien was killed in action on September 26th last. Our readers will remember that Pte. O'Brien was posted as missing on that date. The letter, which was sent by Pte. S. Clegg on January 5th, was an follow:- "Dear Madam, - We have just been reading the 'Umpire,' dated January 2nd and see by it that you are desirous of information as to the whereabouts of your son. I am sorry to inform you that he was killed in action about 6-30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26th. I was wounded in my left eye and did as much for him as I could. I laid him to rest as well as I possibly could do. I deeply sympathise with you in your sad bereavement."
Mrs. O'Brien has another son, Pte. James O'Brien. of the East Lancashire Regiment lying in the No. 5 ward of the Military Hospital at Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffs. He is suffering from a gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Source: R.F.P 15th January 1916 p5 c4 - 12th February 1916 p5 c6
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Private James ODDIE - died 9th April 1919

Private Dan OLDFIELD - died 24th December 1916

Private D. Oldfield, R.F.A. Bury Road, Rawtenstall, died in his sleep in front of a fire in France.

Source: R.F.P. 5th January 1917 p2 c1
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Private James Richard ORMEROD - killed in action 14th October 1918
James Richard Ormerod

This photograph has the following inscription:-

Private J. R. Ormerod, 17th Lancashire Fusiliers.
Killed in action in Flanders, October 14th 1918.
A tribute of respect and esteem from his fellow workers at Lower Mill, Rawtenstall.

Source: Rawtenstall Library
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Private Walter ORMEROD - died 2nd January 1917

Official intimation has been received of the death in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station, France of Pte. Walter Ormerod, of the East Lancashire Regiment, and was well known in Rawtenstall. A letter from the nurse in charge of the clearing station states the Pte. Ormerod was admitted to the hospital on January 1st and was then in a "poor way." The following morning however, he rallied, and hopes were entertained the he might be well enough to be removed to England. During the afternoon, however, he had a sudden relapse and passed peacefully away, death due to bronchitis. His remains were interred in the village cemetery by the chaplain.

Pte. Ormerod, who was 38 years of age, formerly resided at Hall Carr Farm Cottages, Rawtenstall and was employed as a weaver at Hall Carr Mill. It was only in September last that he joined up and he was drafted to France on December 11th . He had, therefore only been at the front three weeks, when he fell ill and died.

Deceased was a man of kindly disposition, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a respected member of the Rawtenstall Liberal Club and was at one time on the committee. In his earlier days he was a regular attender at Haslingden Road United Methodist Church. The deep sympathy of all will g out to a widow and three young children who left to mourn his loss.

Source: R.F.P. 13th January 1917 p8 c3
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Private Fred OVERTON - killed in action 11th September 1917
Fred Overton

News has been received by Mrs. Overton of Annie-street, Crawshawbooth, that her husband Pte. Fred Overton, has been killed in action.

In a letter the Captain in command of Private Overton's Company says that whilst in the employment of mending a road a fragment of an enemy shell struck and killed Pte. Overton and several others.

The deceased soldier who was 28 years of age enlisted in April 1916, and was sent to France in the early part of the present year.
Prior to joining up he was employed by Messrs Hoyle and Hoyle and Co. at Ilex Mill, Rawtenstall, as a clicker, and was connected with Constable Lee Church.
The parents of Pte. Overton reside at 22 Beech-street, Rawtenstall, and another brother is serving in the forces in France.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd September 1917 p5 c5 - 20th October 1917 p5 c6
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