Saturday, 23 May 2015

Rawstron, Fred - Private (241370)

Private Fred Rawstron
1st/5th Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action,
13th June 1918
Age 26
Buried at Bertrancourt Military Cemetery

Newspaper Report:


It is officially reported that Pte. Fred Rawstron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rawstron, of 3 Station Road, Helmshore, has been killed in action.
This is the second son to fall during the war, whilst four more brothers are at present serving with the forces.
The deceased soldier was 26 years of age, and was formerly a weaver at Park Mill, Helmshore, where he was greatly respected and highly esteemed.
His name is on the roll of honour at Musbury Parish Church.
The parents of deceased have received the following letter from members of D. Coy., Signal Section, to which he was formerly attached:-
"Dear madam, - I am sorry to inform  you about your son Fred being killed, which occurred this morning, but no dou bt you will have heard before now from the Record office. I on behalf of D. Coy, Signal Section, send their heartfelt sympathy to you, as he was well liked by N.C.O's and men.  No matter how bad things were, he always had a cheery word.  You will be glad to hear he suffered no pain at all, his death was instantaneous.  You will get his belongings forwarded on to you.  It is hard to think about young lives passing away, but we shall all meet in a Better and Perfect Land.  Well, I will conclude, hoping you are all well, Bear your loss bravely, - Yours, etc.