Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Sergeant James William TOMLINSON  -  Private Willie TOMLINSON  -  Private George TOOTELL
Private Fred TRICKETT  -  Private David TRIPPIER  -  Private John TRIPPIER

Sergeant James William TOMLINSON - killed in action 31st July 1917
James William Tomlinson

Official intimation was received on Tuesday by Mrs. Tomlinson of 40 Market Street, Rawtenstall, that her son, Lance-sergeant James William Tomlinson was killed in action on the 31st July. The information has also been received from a regimental pal of the deceased soldier who says that Lance-sergeant Tomlinson was leading his men when he was shot through the arm. He went on for a considerable distance and then dropped. "He was highly respected by his men" concluded the soldier "and his loss will be deeply deplored."

Lance-sergeant Tomlinson joined the colours on the 29th of April 1915, when he became attached to the East Lancashire Regiment, and in December 1916, he was sent to France. In civil life he was employed by the Waste Bleachers Ltd., Holme Mill, Rawtenstall, and was connected with St Mary's Church.

This is Mrs. Tomlinson's second son who has paid the supreme sacrifice. Lance-sergeant Tomlonson was 21 years of age.

Source: R.F.P. 18th August 1917 p5 c4 - 25th August 1917 p3 c6
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Private Willie TOMLINSON - killed in action 23rd April 1917
Willie Tomlinson

Unofficial news has bee received of the death in action of another Rawtenstall young man in the person of Private Willie Tomlinson, son of Mrs. Tomlinson of 10 Barlow's Buildings, Bury Road. The intimation has come from a comrade in France, who writes to Mrs. Tomlinson that he has seen her son's grave.

The young soldier was attached to the King's Royal Rifles and was 22 years of age. He enlisted in January 1915 and after his period of training was drafted to France. He served for 19 months and was then invalided back to England. He spent six weeks in a hospital in Manchester and was then returned to France. He took part in the big offensive of the present Spring and had been back in France less than a month when, according to the unofficial news received, he was killed. The last Field Card which his mother received from him was dated April 22nd.

Prior to enlisting Private Tomlinson was an assistant in the shop of Messrs. Pewtress and Co., grocers etc. of Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. He attended Longholme Sunday School and was much respected.

Yesterday Mrs. Tomlinson received an official intimation from the War Office that her son had been killed.

Source: 12th May 1917 p8 c3
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Private George TOOTELL - died 6th September 1918

Official intimation has now been received by Mr. and Mrs. Tootell, of 15 Railway Terrace, Rawtenstall, of the death in action of their son Pte. George Tootell of the Black Watch.

The sad news was first conveyed in a letter from the young soldier's 2nd Lieutenant, who wrote:-
Dear Mrs. Tootell, You will have heard by the time you get this that your son was killed in action last Friday afternoon (September 6th). I am writing as his platoon commander to sympathise with you in your great loss. It may be some small comfort to you know that he was killed instantaneously and suffered no pain. We were out on a raid at the time. It was raining heavily and several fellows were sheltering in a dug-out. We were caught by surprise and bombed. you have my word, however, that he suffered no pain. I feel his loss very much as do all his pals in the platoon. He was in charge of my Lewis Gun Section, and I was going to get him a stripe for his good work, when he was cut off like so many other fine young fellows like him. Let me again offer my deep sympathy, and may God who alone can give you comfort, be with you in your sore bereavement.
I remain
Yours very sincerely
2nd Lieutenant.

Source: R.F.P. 5th October 1918 p5 c4
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Private Fred TRICKETT - killed in action 29th October 1918

News recently received in a letter from a sergeant of the death in action of Pte. Fred Trickett, son of Mrs. Trickett, of 2 Broadley-street, Lark Hill, Rawtenstall, has now been officially confirmed. Pte. Trickett was 21 years of age and attached to the East Lancashire Regt. His death was reported to have taken place in France on October 29th. He joined up in May 1916 and had been in France nearly two years.

He was a former weaver at Messrs. Hardman and Co. Albion Mill, Rawtenstall, and was a respected scholar at the Rawtenstall Unitarian School.

A sergeant of the company writing to Mrs. Trickett say that Private Trickett lost his life whilst out with a Lewis gun covering a raiding party on the 27th of October. He did some very fine work in feeding his gun.

A lieutenant in another letter says Private Trickett's comrades appreciated him as a fellow soldier and he was a fine example to them.

Source: R.F.P. 23rd November 1918 p5 c4
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Private David TRIPPIER - killed in action 28th March 1918
David Trippier

A fortnight age Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Trippier of 317 Westwood Terrace, Rawtenstall, received a letter from a soldier, saying that he had seen their son, Pte. David Trippier, instantly killed by a sniper in France.

On Tuesday of this week, Mrs. Trippier received an official communication confirming the sad news.

Pte. Trippier was only 19 years of age, and had been in the Army about nine months. He was in the King's Liverpool Regt. Prior to being called up he was employed at Sunnyside Printworks. Previous to removing to Rawtenstall about two years ago the family resided at Haslingden.

Source: R.F.P. 20th April 1918 p5 c2 Á p8 c1
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Private John TRIPPIER - died 27th May 1917

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