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Ralph William HAYTHORNTHWAITE

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Surname: HAYTHORNTHWAITE

Forename(s): Ralph William

Place of Birth: Slaidburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 29334

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Grenadier Guards

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1918-02-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. E. 64.

CWGC Cemetery: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SLAIDBURN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Ralph William Haythornthwaite was the son of William and Ann Elizabeth Haythornthwaite, née Alden. William was born at Slaidburn and Ann at Melbourne, Yorkshire.

1901 Slaidburn, Yorkshire Census: Mill House - William Ralph Haythornthwaite, aged 3 years, born Slaidburn, son of William and Ann Elizabeth Haythornthwaite.

1911 Slaidburn, Yorkshire Census: Chapel Street - William Ralph Haythornthwaite, aged 13 years, born Slaidburn, son of William and Ann Elizabeth Haythornthwaite.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Ralph W. Haythornthwaite, 29334, G. Gds.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gdsn Ralph Wm. Haythornthwaite, 29334, 1 G. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Ralph William Haythornthwaite, 29334, 1 Bn Gren Gds. Date and Place of Death: 12.2.18. 19 CC Stn. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William £11 13s. 10d.

A short biography of Ralph is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private Ralph William HAYTHORNTHWAITE

Private Ralph William HAYTHORNTHWAITE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: HAYTHORNTHWAITE

Forename(s): Ralph William

Born: Laidburn [sic]

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 29334

Rank: Gdsn

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 12/02/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HAYTHORNTHWAITE

Forename(s): R W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 29334

Rank: Private

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 12/02/1918

Additional Information: Son of William and Annie Haythornthwaite, of Chapel St., Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Yorkshire. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: I GAVE MY LIFE FOR THEE)

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (15 February 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

[Untitled article]

Mr. and Mrs. Haythornthwaite, Slaidburn, have this week received a letter stating that their son, Ralph, of the Grenadier Guards, is seriously ill in France, suffering from pneumonia.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (22 February 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

A POPULAR SLAIDBURN GUARDSMAN

Pte. Ralph W. Haythornthwaite

Death in France

The sad news reached Slaidburn by telegraph, on Saturday evening, that Private Ralph W. Haythornthwaite, 1st Grenadier Guards, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Haythornthwaite, Chapel Street, had died of pneumonia at a casualty clearing station on France. Earlier in the week his parents had received a message that he was seriously ill. Subsequently the following letter was received from C.E. Bray, sister in charge of the hospital: “It is with much regret that I am writing to tell you of the death of your son, Pte. R. Haythornthwaite, which took place on the 12th February, at a quarter of an hour before midnight. When I wrote you last, I was afraid there was no hope, but he had youth on his side, and he was so devotedly nursed. All who waited on him grew so fond of him, and he made such a splendid fight for life; but it was not to be. Continually he spoke of you all; you were ever in his thoughts. He will be buried in our British cemetery at Agnez-les-Duisans, and a cross will mark the site of his last resting place. I can only offer you my sympathy, but this means so little when you have lost such a wonderfully brave lad.” – Pte. Haythornthwaite, who was 20 years of age, was not only well-known in Slaidburn and district, but in Clitheroe where, prior to joining up a year ago, he conducted the carrier portion of his father’s business. A smart, finely-built young fellow, his frank, cheerful disposition won him many friends. In his native valley he was universally liked. He was a member of the Slaidburn Band, the Church Choir, and deputised as organist, whilst also taking an active part in the Sunday School. It is only seven weeks since he was home on draft leave, and he had only been in France about five weeks. To Mr. and Mrs. Haythornthwaite, the family, and his fiancée, we tender sincere sympathy in their great trouble.

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Private Ralph William Haythornthwaite

Private Ralph William Haythornthwaite

Courtesy of James and Edna Waterworth of Slaidburn

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

CWGC original grave marker

Courtesy of James and Edna Waterworth, Slaidburn

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of James and Edna Waterworth, Slaidburn

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

Courtesy of James and Edna Waterworth, Slaidburn

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