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Robert Southworth PRESTON

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Surname: PRESTON

Forename(s): Robert Southworth

Place of Birth: Lazonby, Cumberland

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Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Air Force

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Date of Death: 1919-10-17

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Non-CWGC Burial: LONG PRESTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Robert Southworth Preston was the son of Robert and Mary Elizabeth Preston, née Southworth. Robert, senior, was born at Long Preston, Yorkshire and Mary at Whalley, Lancashire.

1901 Lazonby, Cumberland Census: Robert S. Preston, aged 1 year, born Lazonby, son of Robert and Mary E. Preston.

1911 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census:3, Park Avenue - Robert Southworth Preston, aged 11 years, born Lazonby, Cumberland, son of Mary Elizabeth Preston, widow.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Air Force

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Air Force

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'The London Gazette' (24 June 1919)

The undermentioned Cadets are granted Hon Commissions as 2nd Lts:
16th Apl 1919
100431 Robert Southworth Preston

‘Clitheroe Times’ (24 October 1919)

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

It was with a pang of sorrow that a host of friends heard last Friday of the untimely death of Mr. Robert Southworth Preston, only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Robert Preston, of Longsight, Clitheroe. Many were aware that for some weeks he had been in a critical condition following upon throat trouble contracted whilst he was serving with H.M.Forces, but none realized until life slipped away that the chances were against his recovery. Such, however, was the case, and many are left to lament the demise of as cheery a companion as could be encountered.

"Robin" as he was known to a wide circle, was educated at the Grammar School and at Pannal College, Harrogate, and he became one of the most popular students at each establishment. After leaving school, he entered training for a position in the cotton manufacturing world, but no sooner did he become eighteen than he joined the Forces and was training as a pilot in the R.A.F., being demobilised a few months ago. He attained the age of twenty recently. The interment took place at Long Preston on Monday, the many beautiful tributes including a floral cross from the students at the Grammar School. Deep sympathy is felt with the members of the bereaved family.

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St Mary’s Churchyard, Long Preston

St Mary’s Churchyard, Long Preston

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St Mary’s Churchyard, Long Preston

St Mary’s Churchyard, Long Preston

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription [Inscription: ALSO OF/R. SOUTHWORTH PRESTON/2nd LIEUT. R.A.F./OF LONGSIGHT CLITHEROE/AND DEARLY LOVED SON OF/ROBERT AND MARY E. PRESTON/WHO DIED OCTOBER 17th 1919/AGED 20 YEARS./FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING /LEAVE WE NOW OUR DEAR ONE SLEEPING.]

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

24 October 1919

PRESTON - At Clitheroe, on the 17th inst., Robert Southworth Preston, 2nd Lieutenant, R.A.F., aged 20 years, dearly loved only son of the late Robert Preston, Lazonby, and Mrs. Preston, Longsight, Clitheroe.

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