Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private Ernest PALMER  -  Gunner Walter PALMER  -  Private Thomas PARKER
Private Milton PARTINGTON  -  Private Felix PAYNE  -  Private Wilfred PAYNE

Private Ernest PALMER - died 14th November 1916
Ernest Palmer

I deeply regret to state that official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, of Yorkrstreet, Cawshawbooth, that their son Private Ernest Palmer, of the East Lancashiree Regiment died of wounds on November 14th. Private E. Palmer enlisted directly on the outbreak of war, and had been in the trenches for about 16 months. He was a very quiet and re┬Čtiring young fellow, had a host of friends in the neighbourhood, all of whom deeply sympathise with the relatives. Private Palmer was 30 years of age and a widower with one child.

Source: R.F.P. 25th November 1916 p5 c2 - 2nd December 1916 p8 c3
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Gunner Walter PALMER - died 12th July 1917

Year Roll of Honour

Pte. Walter Palmer, E.L.R., 9 Lea Brook Road, Rawtenstall; Salonica. Stripper and Grinder at Laund Mill.

Source: R.F.P. 5th January 1918 p2 c2
Private Thomas PARKER - died 21st March 1918

Private Milton PARTINGTON - killed in action 4th October 1917
Milton Partington

The Record Office has reported the death in action of Private Milton Partington, son of Mr. Jesse Partington, of Schofield Road, Rawtenstall.

The young soldier, who was only 21 years of age, joined up in March of last year and became attached to the East Lancashires. He was drafted out to France in June 1916, and had been in the fighting area only two months when he was wounded. On his recovery he was sent back to the trenches and on Christmas Day of last year contracted blood poisoning by being scratched with barbed wire. On that occasion he spent a short period at home and when he was again fit he was once more sent to join his unit in France. The sad news has now been received that he was killed in the fighting on the 4th inst.

Private Partington, prior to enlisting was employed as a warehouseman at Hall Carr Mill, Rawtenstall. He was a regular attenter at St Mary's Sunday School, and was much esteemed by a large circle of friends.

Mr. Partington has given no fewer than six sons to the Army. One of these has now been killed, another has been discharged, three at present on active service in France and one is still training in England. The three in France are Lance-corporal Fred Partington, Driver Tom Partington, and Private Frank Partington. The one training in England is 2nd A.M. Harry Partington, who is in the Royal Flying Corps (he is married and joined up from Nottingham) and the one who has been discharged and is at present working on munitions is Mr. Percy Partington. The deep sympathy of all will go out to the family in their trouble.

Source: R.F.P. 27th October 1917 p5 c4
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Private Felix PAYNE - died 1st September 1917
Felix Payne

We sincerely sympathise with Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Payne and family, of Rings Row, in the sad news which has arrived regard the fate of another son - Felix who has died of wounds. This is the second who has mad the supreme sacrifice within a short period.

Source: R.F.P. 15th September 1917 p5 c5 - 6th October 1917 p8 c2
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Private Wilfred PAYNE - killed in action 7th June 1917
Wilfred Payne

Mr. and Mrs. E. Payne, of Rings Row, Crawshawbooth, have also been informed the their son, Pte. Wilfred Payne, has been killed in action. Everyone will sympathise with the bereaved relatives in their deep sorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Payne have three other sons serving with the colours, and Wilfred was the youngest

Private Wilfred Payne, of Rings Row (formerly of Crawshawbooth), who was attached to the Seaforth Highlanders, and who as previously reported was killed in action in France on June 17th 1917, aged 22 years. He was the seventh son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Payne. Three other brothers are serving in the army. The deceased soldier was formerly employed at Loveclough printworks. He was much esteemed and attended Goodshaw church, and was a member of the school choir at Loveclough.

Source: R.F.P 16th June 1917 p5 c2 - 21st July 1917 p8 c3
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details