Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private C. W. RAYNOR  -  Private William READER  -  Private George William REDHEAD
Lance Corporal Fred RIDEOUGH  -  Private Alan RIGG  -  Private Greenwood ROTHWELL

Private Charles W. RAYNOR - killed in action 27th August 1918

An official notification ahs been received of the death in action in France on August 27th of Pte. Charles W. Raynor, of the Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers, and who prior to joining the colours resided with his wife in Holt Mill, Waterfoot. Nothing had been known of Pte. Raynor for two or three weeks, but last Friday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raynor of Melbourne-st, Mill End, had returned to them a letter which they had sent to their son. The letter was inscribed "Wounded - present address unknown." Pte. Raynor's wife, who is a daughter of Mrs. Holt, 20 Turnpike, Newchurch, had written to her husband's regimental depot in Dublin, and it is apparently in reply to her letter that the Record Office there has sent the official intimation of Pte. Raynor's death. It is of course singular that whilst Pte. Raynor is supposed to have been killed nearly a month ago that no announcement of his death had been sent to his relatives until Mrs. Raynor applied to the Record Office for information. Neither has any message of communication been received from any of Pte. Raynor's pals in France, or any officer or N.C.O. of his company.

Pte. Raynor, who was well-known and esteemed in the Waterfoot and Newchurch district, in civil life was a painter in the employ of Messrs Lord and Henderson, Waterfoot. He joined up in August 1916. Pte. Raynor was an esteemed member of the Waterfoot Liberal Club, were the flag has been flying at half-mast as a tribute to his memory.

Since writing the above we learn that a letter has been received from a regimental pal of Pte. Raynor's confirming the news of his death.

Source: R.F.P. 28th September 1918 p8 c4
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private William READER - died 10th February 1917
William Reader

Pte. William Reader, who was attached to the K.O.R.L., lived at Hargreaves-st, Rawtenstall, and was 29 years of age. His wife received the official intimation on Friday of his death from wounds in Mesopotamia on Friday February 10th.

Pte. Reader enlisted over two years ago, and had been in Mesopotamia about nine months. Prior to joining up he was employed at Messrs. Mitchell, Ashworth, Stansfield and Co.'s Sissclough Works, Waterfoot. Formerly he was a baker in the employ of Mr. Fred Pilling, of Rawtenstall. He was very well known in the district. He leaves a widow and a young boy to mourn his loss.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd March 1917 p8 c3
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private George William REDHEAD - killed in action 18th April 1916
George William Redhead

Pte. George W. Redhead of the East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action April 18th, at Mesopotamia. He resided at Crawshawbooth, and leaves a widow and one child He was a well-known native of the Rawtenstall district and much sympathy is expressed with the family.

Source: R.F.P. 24th June 1916 p8 c4
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Lance Corporal Fred RIDEOUGH

Private Alan RIGG - died 31st July 1918

Private Greenwood ROTHWELL - died 20th November 1916