Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Sergeant James THOMPSON  -  Private W. THOMPSON  -  Private W. H. THORNLEY
Private A. E. TIDDY  -  Private Wilfred TIDDY  -  Drummer TEMPERLEY

Segreant James THOMPSON - killed in action 25th March 1918

Official intimation has been received by Mr. and Mrs Thompson, of King-street, Rawtenstall, that their son, Sergt. James Thompson, was killed in action on March 25th 1918. Sergt. Thompson was attached to the Kings's Own Royal Lancaster Regt, and had been in France since May 1916.
Prior to joining up in November 1915, he was employed by the Rawtenstall Corporation, for whom his father is the horse-keeper.
He was 22 years of age and attended Longholme Sunday school.

Mrs Thompson has received from one of the R.A.M.C. a letter containing the following:

March 24th 1918
Dear Mrs. Thompson

Sorry to inform you that your son, Sergt Thompson, died today at 1 o'clock. He was badly wounded. Everything that was possible was done for him. You will be informed where he was buried in due course. May God give you strength to bear this sad news. Yours sincerely


Source: R.F.P. 13th April 1918 p8 c3 - 20th April 1918 p5 c5
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Private W. THOMPSON - died 24th June 1916

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Private William Henry THORNLEY - died 11th October 1917
William Henry Thornley

Deep sympathy will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. R. Thornley, of 189 Bacup Road, Cloughfold, in the death, in France, of their son, Private W. H. Thornley.

Private Thornley joined the colours on the 2nd of March of the present year, became attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was drafted out to France in May. In the early part of last week he was shot in the throat and on being admitted to a hospital in France he was found to also have contracted pneumonia. He passed away on the 11th inst.

The Matron in writing to the parents to express her deep sorrow at their loss says their boy had commenced to be ill with pneumonia before he was wounded.

Prior to joining up Private Thornley was learning the trade of a confectioner with Schofield's of Bank Street, Rawtenstall. He was actively identified with Kay Street Baptist Chapel, where he was a member of the choir and also a teacher in the Primary Department of the Sunday school. Of a quiet and kindly disposition he was much esteemed by all who knew him. He was 20 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Thornley have another son in the army this being Private H. Thornley, who is at present training in Ireland. He was 19 years of age on Tuesday last. This week too, they have received news of the severely wounding in action of a nephew who has lost both his arms.

Source: R.F.P. 27th October 1917 p5 c4
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Private A. E. TIDDY - died 3rd November 1916

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Private Wilfred TIDDY - killed in action 2nd April 1918

Mrs. Tiddy of Old Street, Newchurch, has received an intimation of the death in action of her son Private Wilfred Tiddy, who, prior to joining up was employed at Bridge-end Felt Works, Waterfoot. This is the second son that Mrs. Tiddy has lost in the war.

Source: R.F.P. 4th May 1918 p8 c2
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Drummer Peter TIMPERLY - died 1st Jul 1916

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