Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private James Albert SUTCLIFFE  -  Private George Robert TANN  -  Private John TATTERSALL
  -  Private T. A. TATTERSALL  -  Lance Corporal Wilfred H. TATTERSALL  -  Lance Corporal A. TAYLOR

Private James Albert SUTCLIFFE - died 17th May 1918

Pte. J. A. Sutcliffe, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Rosedale-street, Cloughfold; drowned by falling into Barrow Dock, where he was on duty, Hoyle, Hoyle and Co's slipper works; Longholme Wesleyan Chapel.

Source: R.F.P. 18th May 1918 p8 c6
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Private George Robert TANN - died April 12th 1918

One day recently Mrs. Tann, 2 Huttock End, Stacksteads, received three communications all by the same post. One of them was a postcard from her husband, Driver George R. Tann, in France to say he was well, the second missive was a letter from the matron of a casualty clearing station intimating that Driver Tann had been admitted dangerously wounded, and the third communication was also a letter from the same matron conveying the news that Driver Tann had died without regaining consiousness on April 12th. The latter sad intelligence has now been officially confirmed.

 Driver Tann was in the Royal Engineers and was 31 years of age. He joind up in April 1915 and was drafted to France in September of the same year. He took part in many of the big battles.

Prior to entering tha army he was employed at the Rossendale union Gas Works, Cloughfold.

Source: R.F.P. 27th April 1918 p8 c2 - 4th May 1918 p8 c1
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Private John TATTERSALL - killed in action 23rd October 1916

Mrs. J. Pilkington, 624, Clough Terrace, Newchurch, has received word that her son, Pte. J. Tattersall has been missing since October 23rd. A letter received from his pal states:-"Jack and I went over the top together, and were fighting side by side for ten minutes when I suddenly lost him. I am sorry to lose him for he was the best pal man could have."
Pte. Tattersall before, joining the Army was assistant in the Argenta Meat Company's shop, Bank Rawtenstall, and was popular with all who knew him.
He attested in November of last year, and was called up on June 13th last when he became attached to the East Lancashire Regt. He was drafted to France about the middle of September.

Source: R.F.P. 25th November 1916 p8 c3
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Private Thomas Abraham TATTERSALL - killed in action 30th August 1918

TATTERSALL - In ever-loving memory of my dear Husband, Pte.Thomas Abraham Tattersall, East Lancashire Regt., who was killed in action in France, August 30th 1918.

Still ours - still with us,
But out of the strife,
And safe with God,.
A good life is often too short,
But a good name endureth for ever.

From his wife and Child, 10 Peter-street, Rawtenstall. Also of my dear Brother-in-law, Lance-Corporal James Weir, East Lancashire Regt.


A memorial service was held in Kay Street Baptist Church and Sunday, in memory of Pte. T. A. Tattersall a member of the church, who paid the supreme sacrifice in France on September 5th 1918. The pastor, Rev. E. M. Dowley, preached an impressive sermon from the text, "He saw them toiling in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them."The choir rendered the anthem, "The radiant morn has passed away" and the deceased's favourite hymn "Jesus is our Pilot" was also sung. At the close of the service the organist Mr. Tom Taylor played the "Dead March" in "Saul." Many beautiful floral tokens were placed on the communion table.

Source: 21st September 1918 p8 c4 - 28th September 1918 p5 c1
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Lance Corporal Wilfred Hurrey TATTERSALL - killed in action 9th February 1917
Wilfred H Tattersall

Another local casualty with the King's Own Royal Lancasters (the third announced this week)is that of Lance-corporal Wilfred Tattersall, formerly of Ash Mount, Cloughfold, and who, like two comrades mentioned elsewhere, has met a soldiers death in Mesopotamia. His wife, Mrs Clara Tattersall, who is now residing in the Stacksteads district received an official intimation on Monday morning that he was killed in action on the Tigris operations on February 9th.

Lance-corporal Tattersall would have been 28 years of age this month, and was a native of the Dobbin Lane district of Cloughfold. He enlisted in April of 1915 and at that time was employed at Richard Ashworth's Longholme Felt Works, Rawtenstall.

After a period of six months training he was drafted out to the Dardanelles in October of 1915, and saw service on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Whilst there he suffered from shell shock and was in hospital for som time. When the evacuationtook place he was transferd to Mesopotamia, and has there been in hospital with fever.

 He was a young man well-known and esteemed in the Cloughfold and Rawtenstall districts. He was connected with St. John's Church, Cloughfold, and was a popular member of the Cloughfold Conservative Club, where the flag is flying half amst in respect of his memory. He leaves a widow and child.

Source: R.F.P. 3rd March 1917 p8 c4
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Lance Corporal Arthur TAYLOR - died 9th October 1917