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William RAWLING

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Surname: RAWLING

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Leeds, Yorkshire

Service No: 265958

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-10-11

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. D. 1.

CWGC Cemetery: WELLINGTON CEMETERY, RIEUX-EN-CAMBRESIS

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Rawling was the son of ( - ) Rawling. William lived with his aunt, Mary Hannah Holmes, née Rawling and her husband, John. Mary (born Norton, Yorkshire c. 1865) was the daughter of William and Mary Rawling.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 38, Aireview - William Rawling, aged 7 years, born Leeds, Yorkshire. [William living with his uncle and aunt, John and Mary H. Holmes. Mary's brother, Jonathan Rawling, was also living there.]

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 38, Aire View - William Rawling, aged 17 years, born Leeds, Yorkshire. [William living with his uncle and aunt, John and Mary H. Holmes.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Rawling, 265958, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ). Date of entry therein: ( - ).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Rawlings, 265958, 6th W. Riding. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ). Date of entry therein: ( - ).

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Rawling, 265958, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 11.10.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Rawlings, 265958, 6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 11.10.18 France. To whom Authorised: Aunt and Legatee - Mary Hannah Holmes. Amount Authorised: £43 3s. 2d.

The photographs in the ‘Craven’s Part in the Great War’ book of Pte William Rawling and Pte Jeremiah Plumbley are reversed. William is shown wearing the North Staffordshire Regiment cap badge; no evidence has been found to link him with that regiment. But, both the ‘Craven Herald’ and the ‘West Yorkshire Pioneer’ show photographs of the two named as in the book.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

RAWLING, William, aged 24, West Riding Regiment, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. George Rawling, 51, Aireview, killed in action Oct. 11, 1918.

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Private William RAWLING

Private William RAWLING

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: RAWLINGS

Forename(s): William

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 265958

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 11/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: RAWLING

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 265958

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 11/10/1918

Additional Information:

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10 December 1915

SILSDEN SOLDIERS' APPRECIATION – INTERESTING LETTERS

Mrs. Charles Sugden, Lady Superintendent of the Silsden St John Ambulance Nursing Division, has received a number of interesting letters from local soldiers and sailors conveying their thanks to the inhabitants of Silsden for the parcels which have recently been forwarded to them.

Letters of appreciation were also received from Private Alfred Mosley, of the 9th West Riding Regiment; Sapper E. Summerscales, 37th Division B.E.F.; Private J.W. Jolly, Lance-Corporal J. Craven, Driver W. Baldwin, 46th Battery Royal Field Artillery; Private W. Rawling, 6th West Riding Regiment; Gunner W. Spence, of the Royal Garrison Artillery; Sergt. J. Baldwin; Private Edgar Holmes, of the 6th West Riding Regiment; Private J.E. Windle, of the 37th Divisional Supply Column, R.F.A.; Private W. Long; Private Joe Bancroft; and Corpl. H. Laycock, who has written on behalf of Corpl. P. Hill, the latter being at present in hospital.

They all express their delight with the contents of the parcels, and state that they are just “the things most required.”

25 August 1916

SILSDEN – REFERENCES TO SILSDEN HEROES

Another interesting batch of letters are to hand from Silsden soldiers and sailors on active service acknowledging the receipt of more parcels. The contents of the parcels sent out included a pair of socks, a quantity of sweets, cake, Oxo tablets, cocoa tablets, tin of Swiss milk, trench body cord, tea tablets, and a card bearing the inscription ‘With the best wishes from the inhabitants of Silsden.’ Most of the socks had been knitted by the members of the Silsden Parish Church Girls’ Friendly Society, whose efforts some time ago enabled them to set aside funds for the purchase of wool. Appended are extracts from the letters which have been sent to Mrs. Charles Sugden, of Bolton Road, Silsden:–

Pte. W. Rawling writes:– “It feels grand to think that the inhabitants of Silsden do not forget us although we are so far away from home. I am sorry to hear of several young men having been killed in action, but we never know whose turn it is next. We are looking forward to seeing the good old lads again in the 9th and 10th Duke of Wellington’s. From what I can make out they are not far away from us. I am sorry to say that Sergt. Rowland Hill has been killed this last week. It was hard luck as he was growing a fine lad and looking very well the last time I saw him.”

29 November 1918

SILSDEN – The Late Private William Rawlings

We reproduce a photograph of Private William Rawlings, West Riding Regiment, nephew of Mr and Mrs. George Rawlings, 51 Aire View, Silsden, who was killed in action on October 11th. Private Rawlings was 24 years of age, and was formerly employed as a twister by Messrs. Knox, Airedale Shed, Silsden. He enlisted in September, 1914, and had been in France three and a half years.

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25 August 1916

LETTERS FROM SILSDEN SOLDIERS

A further batch of letters have been received by Mrs. C. Sugden, of Bolton Road, Silsden, from local soldiers and sailors thanking the inhabitants of Silsden for the parcels which have been recently sent out to them. The following are extracts from some of the letters:–

Pte. W. Rawling writes:–“It feels grand to think that the inhabitants of Silsden do not forget us although we are so far away from home. We are now having splendid weather here, and I hope you are having the same. I was sorry to hear of the Silsden young men being killed in action, but we never know whose turn it is next; we have to thank God for being spared. We are looking forward to see the old lads again in the 9th and 10th when we get the chance, as by what I can make out they are not so far away from us. I am sorry to say that Sergt. R. Hill has been killed this last week. It is hard luck, as he was growing a fine lad. He was looking very well the last time I saw him.”

22 November 1918

Silsden Soldier Killed

News has been received that Pte. William Rawling, West Riding Regt., nephew of Mr. and Mrs. George Rawling, 51, Aire View, Silsden, was killed in action on October 11th. Pte. Rawling, who was 24 years of age, enlisted in September, 1914, and had been out in France three and a half years. He had seen a good deal of heavy fighting. He was formerly employed as a twister by Messrs. Knox, Airedale Shed, Silsden.

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