Rossendale Branch - Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Rawtenstall War Memorial Obituaries

Private James WOOD  -  Private Percy WOOD  -  Private Edward WOODWORTH
Private John WRIGHT  -  Sapper Leslie B. WYLD  -  Private David YOUNG  -  Private F. G. YOUNG

Private James WOOD - died 27th January 1918

No information available

Private Percy WOOD - died 27th May 1918

No information available

Private Edward WOODWORTH - killed in action 12th July 1915

Official intimation was received on Thursday by Mrs. Woodworth, of Barley Holme. Crawshawbooth, that her husband. Private Edward Woodworth, was killed in action at Gallipoli on July 12th.
The deceased was a native of Crawshawbooth, and was a former scholar at St. John's School. He was 29 years of age and leaves a widow and four young children. As was reported in this paper a few weeks ago, it was feared, from private information, that Private Woodworth had been killed, but the sad news was not confirmed until Thursday. He was in the East Lancashire Regiment, and a well respected soldier.

Source: R.F.P. 21st August 1915 p5 c6 - 11th September 1915 p2 c1
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Private John WRIGHT - killed in action 3rd May 1917

Unofficial news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wright, 175 Bury Road, Rawtenstall, that their son, Private John Wright, of the Trench Mortar Brigade, East Lancashire Regiment, has been killed in France. A letter has been received from Private William Purdy, who was in the same unit, saying that Private Wright had been shot through the head by a sniper.

Deceased enlisted in January 1916, and after being in training at various places, was drafted out to France about seven weeks ago.

He was 24 years of age and a single man. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Newhallhey woollen mills as a machine tenter. As a lad he was a scholar of St Mary's schools, Rawtenstall, and the comfort committee of that church have regularly supplied him with comforts since he became a soldier.

No official information has yet been received but it is feared that the news is only too true, as the informant is a close friend of Private Wright, there being a family attachment between them. Deceased was a popular and respected man and his death will be much regreted.

Source: R.F.P. 12 May 1917 p8 c1
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Sapper Leslie Boothman WYLD - killed in action 6th May 1917

Sapper Leslie Wyld, presumed to have been killed whilst repairing lines. In employ of Rawtenstall Corporation as an electrical mechanic for the tramways.

Source: R.F.P. 5th January 1918 p2 c2
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Private David YOUNG - killed in action 21st June 1916

We deeply regret to state that Pte. David Young, aged 20 years. who formerly resided at Loveclough, and was brother to Mrs. Bird, of 7, Commercial Street, was killed by shell explosion on the night of June 21st. Pte. Young enlisted in September, 1914, and joined the Accrington "Pals." After serving in Egypt he went to France. where he met his death as stated. In a letter from the captain to Mrs. Bird, the former expresses his deep regret at the loss the regiment has sustained remarking that Pte. Young was an excellent soldier.
In passing, we may state that the deceased has also a brother (Fred) at present in the trenches, and a brother-in-law who has recently sustained slight wounds.

Source: R.F.P. 22nd July 1916 p8 c2 - 19th August 1915 p8 c5
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Gunner Fred George YOUNG - died 2nd July 1916

Pte. Fred Geo. Young, who was killed on the 2nd of July, was brother to Pte. David Young, who also fell on 21st June. Fred went out with the Accrington "Pals" but was later transferred to the East Lancashires. He was 28 years of age. In letters of sympathy to his sister, Mrs. Osborne Bird, of Commercial Street, Loveclough, the officers speak in most kindly terms of the deceased soldier. Lieut. Griffiths says that he died, very peacefully, of wounds received in action on July 2nd. He was a good soldier - quiet and conscientious - and he will be missed by every one of them. Sergeant Bashford also wrote a letter of condolence, remarking that Pte. Young was a good comrade, cheery and cool in the most trying circumstances. The deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Bird and family.

Source: R.F.P. 19th August 1916 p8 c5 - 26th August 1916 p8 c4
Commonwealth War Graves Commission details