INTRODUCTION 

In July 2017, in recognition of the 90 years since the Rimington Memorial Institute was opened, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia was held in the Institute.A significant exhibit was an album researched and compiled by Alison Pilkington which included information that she had compiled about all those on the World War 1 and 11 plaques that record those from Rimington and Middop who died in these wars. That material is presented below.

july 2017 exhibition in RMI

 

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WORLD WAR 1

JOHN WILLIAM ATKINSON

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PRIVATE
ROYAL WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

DIED: 12 December 1917   AGE 20

Born at Barrow Brows Farm, Anna Lane, and Bolton-By Bowland the son of John and Elizabeth (nee Frankland) Atkinson. In the 1901 Census he was registered as living at School House, Newby. In 1911 he had moved to Robinson Street, Chatburn and worked at the Victoria Mill. He joined the army just after his 19th Birthday. According to press reports his parents thought that he was on garrison duty and not in any danger He was fighting the Bulgarian Army in the Balkans and died from his wounds at the battle of Dojran Salonica He is buried at the Sarigol Military Cemetery in Greece and is remembered at the War Memorials at Martin Top Chapel and Chatburn.

 

HARRY BANKS

Harry Banks with border

PRIVATE
DUKE OF WELLINGTONS WEST RIDING REGIMENT

DIED 4 November 1918   AGE 22

Harry was the only son of Henry and Elizabeth (nee Wilcock) Banks and was born at Bridge End, Rimington. Later he was living at Rimington Mill before he enlisted at Keighley. He had only been in France for 2 weeks prior to his death so near to Armistice Day. It is reported that friends met at the Stopper Lane Wesleyan Chapel to pay respects as he had been at home only 6 weeks prior to his death. He is remembered at the Caudry British Cemetery in France and also at the Gisburn Memorial.

 

THOMAS BATTERSBY

Thomas Battersby with border

CORPORAL
MACHINE GUN CORPS

DIED 22 March 1918   AGE 22

Thomas was born on Christmas Day in 1896 in Chaigley, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Battersby. In the 1901 census he was living at 10 Albion Street, Clitheroe. In the 1911 census he lived at Mylah Farm being employed by Mr. William Robinson. He enlisted at Keighley and was reported missing at the Battle of Hargicourt. It was hoped that he may have been taken as a POW as others had. His sister, who lived in Gisburn, placed adverts in the local press for more information. The Army Council notified his family on 24 October 1919 that he had officially been killed in action. His father died and his mother moved to Oddies Terrace, Downham Road, Chatburn. He is remembered at the Pozieres memorial in France where 14,652 soldiers who died between 21 March 1918 and 7 August 1918 and have no grave are named. He is also named on Gisburn War Memorial. 

 

JAMES BRAITHWAITE

James Braithwaite with border

PRIVATE
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY

DIED 5 August 1916   AGE 27

James was born at Great Harwood, the son of Nancy Braithwaite. In 1901 he was registered as living at Little Todber Farm being the foster son of John
Slinger. He then moved to Mill Cottage, Rimington where his mother was the housekeeper for Mr. John Whipp. Soon after he emigrated to Australia to Glen Innes in New South Wales where he settled. He was due to marry until the war interrupted his plans and he enlisted in the Australian infantry. He was part of the 18th Battalion which lost 62,000 men. He is remembered at the Villers Bretonneux Memorial on the Somme and also at the National Australian Memorial in Canberra. Mr. Malkinson the Pastor of Martin Top Congregational Chapel led a service of remembrance in 1916. He is also named on the Martin Top and Gisburn Memorials.

 

JOHN CARR

John Carr with border

PRIVATE
EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

DIED 3 June 1915   AGE 16

John or "Jack” as he was known was born in Rimington, the second son of John and Clara (nee Longbottom) Carr. In the 1901 census he was living at Stopper Lane but later his family moved to Bridge House, Chatburn. He worked for the Yorkshire and Lancashire Railway Company as a plate layer. He is reported to have been shot in the head on the Gallipoli Peninsular. He is named at the Helles Memorial in Turkey along with another 21,000 servicemen He is remembered at Martin Top Chapel, Gisburn and Chatburn Memorials. There is also a plaque at Chatburn Methodist Church dedicated to him.

 

FRANK CHEADLE

ACTING BOMBARDIER
ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY

DIED 19 September 1916   AGE 24

The son of Frank and Bessie Cheadle, Frank was born in Exeter, Devon In the 1901 Census he was living at the Pendle Hotel, Barley but by 1911 he was living with his parents at the Black Bull Hotel in Rimington working on local farms. He enlisted at Keighly being part of the D. Battery 96th Brigade. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France on the Somme. He is also remembered on Gisburn's Memorial.

 

JOHN EDGAR THOMAS GORNALL

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PRIVATE
DUKE OF WELLINGTONS WEST RIDING REGIMENT

DIED 29 July 1916   AGE 27

John's father John was born at Melling and his mother Ellen Robinson was born at Easington, Slaidburn. John was born at Rimington with his family working on the Gisburne Estate. In the 1911 census John was living at Craggs Farm, Sabden working for George Whitwell. Later he too worked on the estate. His mother died in 1906 and he enlisted at Halifax only later to die of typhus whilst in France. Reports of a memorial service held St Mary's Church Gisburn stated that the vicar Rev. J. Hislop described John as being “A man who never spared himself in anything he undertook " and the congregation sang Peace Perfect Peace. He is remembered at the Puchevillers British Cemetery in France and also at Gisburn. In a double blow his sister Violet married John Boynton who was the gardener for Lord Ribblesdale. He also died in the war in 1918. The Gornall family are all remembered at the family grave at Dalehead Church. His father died in 1922.

 

EDWARD TURNER HUDSON

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PRIVATE
KINGS OWN LANCASTER REGIMENT

DIED 6 June 1917   AGE 36

The son of James and Amy Hudson, Edward was born in Blackpool. His father died in 1891 and the family moved to Colne where his mother originated. In 1911 he was living with his sister Verena in Colne but married Margaret Berry in 1912. He worked in Blackburn and then on farms in the area before becoming an insurance agent in the area. He settled at Hill Top Farm Downham. He enlisted on the 6th January 1917 at Preston but died of his wounds in France. He is remembered at the Etaples Military Cemetery in Bologne in France and also at St Leonard’s Church Downham He is also on the Colne and District Co-operative Roll of Honour.

 

REGINALD VICTOR WHITELY KILLEEN

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TROOPER
DRAGOON GUARDS PRINCE OF WALES REGIMENT

DIED 02 May 1916   AGE 18

Born in Hoyland, Barnsley Reginald (Reggie) was the son of a police officer. They moved to Leeds then Keighley before his father Edward was posted as the Police Inspector at Bolton-By-Bowland. He enlisted after a meeting at Bolton-By- Bowland School Room. His elder brother Henry was wounded in action and returned to hospital in Manchester taking no further part in the war. Reggie was sent to France. In October 1914 Trooper Boyer wrote to his parents: "I thought it my duty to write and let you know the sad end of Reggie. I feel sorry, he was my mate. I am in the same troop and squadron and he died a hero fighting. His death was instantaneous. He had no pain. I was only 5 yards away when he was killed.’’ At his remembrance service special constables from around the area attended. He is buried at the Vermelles British Ceremony France and also named on the War Memorial at Bolton- By- Bowland.

 

JAMES LEEMING

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PIONEER (SAPPER) ROYAL ENGINEERS

DIED 6 August 1917   AGE 45

James was born at Newton the son of Joshua and Anne Leeming. In 1891 his family were employed at Buckthorne Farm by Mr. John Hartley. James married Lily Hidden in 1898 and was living at Back Lane Cottage, Rimington in 1901. Lily died in 1910 and by 1911 James and one of his children, Harold, were then living with the Briggs family at Ellenthorpe in Paythorne. Later he and his 3 children had moved to Ings End, Twiston to live with his sister. He worked for Bowland Council for 20 years as a road engineer. When the call came for experienced road builders to go to France to help rebuild roads but not take part in active service James enlisted at Keighley in December 1916 to be part of the Road Construction Corps. Unfortunately he died of meningitis after only being in France for a few weeks. He left his 3 children fatherless. He is buried at Saint Pol Communal Cemetery and also remembered at the War Memorials in Gisburn and Downham.

 

RICHARD LOFTHOUSE

PRIVATE
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGESHIRES OWN

DIED 8 September 1917   AGE 24

Richard's father George was born in Rimington with Richard being born at West Marton. In 1911 he lived at the Manor House, Rimington working for farmer John William Gill. Later his parents moved to Higher House Farm, Paythorne and then Crow Park Farm, Gisburn where Richard was one of five children. He and his brother enlisted at Blackburn with Richard being killed at the Somme but his brother did return home from the war and farmed after his father's death in 1918. He is remembered at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery` in France and also at Gisburn's War Memorial and at Paythorne. He is also named on the Skipton Division of the Liberal and Conservative Associations.

 

FREDERICK JAMES MASON

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PRIVATE
LANCASTER FUSILLIERS

DIED 16 August 1917   AGE 32

Born in Dent his family lived at Leyburn and Bainbridge. The family moved to Skipton and in 1911 census he was registered as living at 5 Wilson's Yard at Skipton. He married Minnie in 19037 and had 5 children: Robert, Edgar, John, Mary and Ivy .He worked on farms in the area and for Mr. Chester at Carleton. Later he became an agent for the Refuge Insurance Company. He enlisted at Settle and it is reported that he died in an ambulance which was hit by a shell. He was reported missing on 16 August 1917 but official notification of his death was not received until June 1918. He is named at the Tyne Cot Memorial along with 11,956 others. He is also named on the Gisburn and Skipton War memorials. The picture shows his daughters preparing to lay a wreath at the Skipton Memorial.

 

JOHN PARKINSON

PRIVATE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY

DIED 1 September 1918   AGE 31

John was born in Rimington the son of John and Jane Parkinson. His mother was the caretaker at Martin Top Chapel. The census of 1901 shows him residing at Martin Top House being employed by Mr. Henry Jackson. Around 1910 he emigrated to Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. He is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen. He is named on the Australian National Memorial in Canberra and also at Martin Top Chapel and Gisburn Memorials.

 

ROBERT PARSONS

Robert parsons with border

PRIVATE
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

DIED 24 April 1918 AGE 31

Born at Rathmell the son of Robert and Alice (nee Frankland) Parsons he lived at Millgate House, Rathmell. In the 1901 census he resided at Mitton Hall being employed by Mr. Robert Dibb. Later he worked for Mr. Capstick of Rimington whilst his parents farmed at Stories Farm, Elslack, Skipton. His father died in 1913 and his mother in 1917. He enlisted at Keighley in August 1917. Four days after admission into the Number 8 Stationary Hospital he died of his wounds He is buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery in France and also remembered at Rathmell Church on the family grave where his parents are buried.

 

HERBERT SELWOOD

PRIVATE
LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS

DIED 31 July 1917   AGE 19

Herbert was born in Clitheroe at 1 Roefield Cottages He was the son of John and Rebecca Selwood In 1911 he was living at 10 Back Commons and did work at Pendleton Hall before being in service at Rimington. He enlisted when he was 16 but when his age was discovered he did not go to the front until May 1917. His elder brothers Walter and Earnest were both injured in the war and discharged. His sister Florence was a nurse at the Military Hospital in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. It was not until 24th May 1918 that official notification of his death, on 31 July 1917, was sent to his mother. He is commemorated at the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and also on the War Memorial at Clitheroe Castle. The Memorial in Clitheroe was paid for by subscriptions from residents and unveiled in 1923. Herbert is one of the 324 names that are on it. After the death of Herbert and her husband, Rebecca Selwood immigrated to Des Moines, Iowa, U.SA.

 

ARTHUR TOWNSON

Arthur Townson with border

LANCE CORPORAL
ROYAL WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

DIED 9 October 1917   AGE 20

Arthur was born at Raikes Farm Rimington. Later the family, his parents William and Mary, moved to Bridge End, Sawley. He was a joiner with Mr. Read at Grindleton and was associated with the Wesleyan Chapel at Sawley. In a letter sent by his Commanding Officer to his parents it reads:"It is with much regret that I find that I must write to you to express my sympathy in your great loss. Your son died in the fulfilment of his duty and met a painless death .During the few months that I have known your son he proved to be one of the smartest men in the company and, without doubt, one of the best and most cheerful of workers. I know he will be sadly missed”He is buried with 81 others at the Ruisseau Farm Cemetery, in Belgium, and remembered on the Memorials at Grindleton and Sawley.

 

HERBERT WILSON


Unfortunately no war records or information can be found about this soldier. The only information that can be found is that he worked at Wood Farm, part of the Downham Estate, yet he is not remembered on the Downham Memorial.

 

WILLIAM WINDER

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RIFLEMAN
ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

DIED 7 July 1916 AGE 21

William grew up at Sykes Farm, Dunsop Bridge, the son of Richard and Mary Alice Winder. Later his parents moved to Holme Head, Dunsop Bridge. In the 1911 census William was working at Southfield House, Downham for Mr. Richard Collinge. Later he worked for Mr. Jackson a farmer and auctioneer at Whytha Farm, Rimington. He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial in France with 72,315 others. A memorial service was held at the Bishops House, Dunsop Bridge and also at Slaidburn Church. He is named on the War memorials of Slaidburn, Dunsop Bridge and Whitewell.

WORLD WAR II

FREDDIE DUCKWORTH HOLDEN

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RAF


DIED 29 September 1942 AGE 23

Freddie was a descendant of the Duckworth family that lived in Rimington for many years. He was based at RAF Lindale but died in Israel. He is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery. His mother campaigned for many years to have his body returned to Rimington but to no avail. She requested that after her death her ashes be buried at his grave.

 

ARTHUR BROWN
KENNETH BRADLEY

Unfortunately there are no records of these soldiers. Arthur Brown is recorded on the Gisburn War Memorial.

 

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