Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Gunner Milton TRIPPIER  -  Private W. TRIPPIER  -  Gunner James TURNER
Driver Robert Henry TURNER  -  Privete Herbert TWISSE  -  Private Richard UTTLEY

Gunner Milton TRIPPIER - killed in action 12th June 1917
Milton Trippier

The sad news has recently been received of the death in action of Private Milton Trippier, of Bonfire Hill Road, Crawshawbooth, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Trippier. He was a much esteemed resident of this district, married and leaves two young children.

The above is a photograph of Gunner Milton Trippier, R.G.A., whose death in action on July 12th, was briefly reported in our last week's inside. It appears that he was struck by a fragment of one of the enemy's shells which fell near the guns where Gunner Trippier was stationed. He was 29 years of age, and had been in France only about four or five weeks.

Prior to enlisting he resided at 1164 Burnley-road, Loveclough, and is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Trippier, of Bonfire Hill-road, Crawshawbooth. Formerly he was employed as a box-maker at Sunnyside Printworks, and had been connected with Goodshaw Parish Church. He leaves a wife and two children, with whom great sympathy will be extended.

Source: R.F.P. 30th June 1917 p5 c4 - 7th July 1917 p3 c2
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private William TRIPPIER - killed in action 2nd August 1916

The many friends of the young married couple will regret to hear of the death of Pte. W. Trippier, of 11, East Street, Rawtenstall, which occurred on the 2nd inst.
Pte. Trippier enlisted only on the 29th of March last, so that his whole soldiering career, including his period of training, occupied less than five months. He was attached to the East Lancashire Regiment and was killed by an aerial dart whilst digging a trench for his own officer. He was a most estimable young man and highly spoken of both by his officer and his comrades.
He was buried in the graveyard specially for soldiers just behind the firing line. General sympathy will be extended to his young widow Private Trippier was associated with St. John's Church, Crawshawbooth, and was much esteemed by all who knew him.

Source: R.F.P. 12th August 1916 p8 c4
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Gunner James TURNER - died 24th June 1917
James Turner

On Saturday morning Mrs. J Turner, Forest-st., Lumb, received official intimation of the death of her husband in Hong Kong, China, the cause of death being pneumonia and cardiac failure.

Gunner James Turner enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery on May 8th 1916 and after a month's training, was drafted out to China. He embarked for China on July 9th 1916, on his 31st birthday. So recently as Tuesday week his wife received a letter from him to say he was in the pink of condition, but on average it takes a letter five weeks to travel from China. his death took place on Sunday, June 24th, the sad news being sent by cable to the War Office.

The late Gunner Turner was a native of Loveclough, and had carried on the business of newsagent and stationer, at Water, for about 9 years. He was a brother of Councilor John Turner, Scoutbottom, and Mr. Sam Turner, Waterfoot. He leaves a widow and one young son, to whom much sympathy goes out in their bereavement. This week the flag has been flying at half-mast from Water Liberal Club, where the deceased soldier was a member. He was also connected with Providence Baptist chapel, Lumb.

Source: R.F.P. 7th July 1917 p5 c4 - 14th July 1917 p6 c5
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Driver Robert Henry TURNER - died 16th Aug 1915

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Private Herbert TWISSE - killed in action 22nd September 1917

Pte. Herbert Twisse, who will be well remembered by many as a former Rawtenstall resident, has been killed in action. Pte. Twisse left Rawtenstall for Bolton about four years ago, at which time he was residing with his wife in Rockliffe-st. His parents and other members of the family lived at Holme Bank. Mr Twisse was in the employment of Mr. William Berry, meat salesman, and went to Bolton to commence business on his own account.

On joining up he be came attached to the Loyal North Lancashires, and official news has now been received that he was killed on September 22nd. He was 35 years of age. Two other are with the colours, one being on active service in Africa.

Pte Twisse was on the roll of honour at the Unitarian Church, Rawtenstall, and a memorial service was held there on Sunday last.

Source: R.F.P. 20th October 1917 p5 c5
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details
Private Richard UTTLEY - died 1st July 1916

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