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Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Chatburn, Lancashire

Service No: 44941

Rank: Driver

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 74th Field Coy

Division: 15th (Scottish) Division

Age: 32

Date of Death: 1918-06-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. G. 17.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: SAWLEY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Richard Battersby was the son of Isaac and Mary Ann Battersby, née Dixon. Isaac was born at Chatburn and Mary at Downham, Lancashire. Richard’s parents and a sister, Mary, died in 1889.

1891 Grindleton, Yorkshire Census: Acre Lands Farm - Richard Battersby, aged 7 years, born Chatburn, Lancashire. [Richard and his sister, Margaret Ann, were living with their grandmother, Margaret Lawson, née Dixon and stepgrandfather, William Lawson. Margaret and William were married in 1859.]

1901 Accrington, Lancashire Census: Field House Farm - Richard Battersby, aged 15 years, born, Chatburn, Lancashire. [Richard was employed by his uncle, Richard Dixon, Farmer.]

1911 Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire Census: 22, Well Street - Richard Battersby, aged 25 years, born England. [Richard was boarding with John and Margaret Scully.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Dvr Richard Battersby, 44941, R.E. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 10.7.15. D. of W.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Dvr Richard Battersby, 44941, Royal Engineers.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Dvr Richard Battersby, 44941, 74th Fld. Co. R.E. Date and Place of Death: 9.6.18. Wounds. France.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister - Ellen. £3 3. 4d. Sister - Mrs Margaret A. Ashton. £3 3s. 3d. Sister - Mrs Elizabeth Houghton. £3 3s. 3d. Sister - Alice. £3 3s. 3d. War Gratuity: Sister Ellen. £18 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Richard not found.

Richard is commemorated on the Clayton-le-Moors War Memorial.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 15th (Scottish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 15th (Scottish) Division

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Forename(s): Richard

Born: Chatburn, Lancs


Enlisted: Accrington, Lancs

Number: 44941

Rank: Dvr

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers



Died Date: 09/06/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: (74th Field Coy., R. E.)

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Forename(s): R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 44941

Rank: Driver

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 74th Field Coy.

Age: 32


Died Date: 09/06/1918

Additional Information: Son of Isaac and Mary Ann Battersby, of Chatburn, Clitheroe. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: THY WILL BE DONE)

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Grindleton War Memorial – Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

RICHARD BATTERSBY, son of Isaac and Mary Ann nee Dixon married 4-11-1876, Christ Church, Chatburn. Enlisted at Accrington on 10th July 1915. The last battle which 15th (Scottish) Division was in before the date of Richard’s death was the Battle of Arras - 28th March 1918. In 1911 Richard was a lodger at 22, Well Street, Clayton le Moors - occupation was carter.

Commemorated on:

Clayton le Moors - Mercer Park
Grindleton Memorial
Sawley Memorial




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