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MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stephen Nulty 2008

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RABY

William Donald

Second Lieutenant, 1st/2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action near Le Cateau 8th October 1918. Aged 19. Son of William Webster Raby and Ethel Anne Raby, of Rathen House, Spath Road, Didsbury. Born 1899 in Withington. Educated at Bryn Derwen, Old Colwyn; Oundle School. Manchester University; Officer Training Corps, April 1917 to January 1918. Gazetted 12th June 1918. In the 1901 census he was aged 1, born Manchester, son of Willim W and Ethel A Raby, resident 4, Rathen Road, Withington, Chorlton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Withington, Lancashire, pupil at a private boarding school, boarding at Bryn Derwen, Old Colwyn, Eirias, Denbighshire. Buried in PROSPECT HILL CEMETERY, GOUY, Aisne, France. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 15.

RADCLIFFE

James

Lieutenant, "B" Company, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action in France 24th February 1918. Aged 26. Son of John and Elizabeth Radcliffe, of Furlane, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorks. Born 1891 in Furlane, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorkshire. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1909; Student, Architecture. Architect with Potts & Hennings, Manchester. Gazetted 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Saddleworth, Yorkshire, son of John Radcliffe, resident Furlane, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorkshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Saddleworth, Yorkshire, an Architect Student, son of John and Elizabeth Radcliffe, resident Furlane, Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorkshire. Buried in BELGIAN BATTERY CORNER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H1. Grave 1.

REED, MC

Walter Nelson

[Listed as Captain on memorial and in University records] Lieutenant, 10th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed by bomb at Bazentin-le-Grand 27th October 1918. Aged 24. Son of John and Helena Beatrice Reed, of Newcastle. Born 1st October 1892. Baptised 21 October 1892 at Linthorpe, Yorkshire, son of John (a Water Board Assesor) and Helena Beatrice Reed, of 8, Hildas Terrace, Grove Hill, Lintorpe, Middlesborough. Educated at Middlesbrough High School. Manchester University: 1909; B.Sc. (2nd Class Honours Engineering) 1912. Assistant Engineering for North Eastern Railway Company in drawing office of the District Engineer at Darlington, transferred as a Draughtsman to Hull in January 1914. Gazetted August 1914. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) August 1916, for meritorious service during the Battle of the Somme. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Middlesborough, Yorkshire, an Engineering Student, boarding at 118, Acomb Street, Moss Side, South Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 3.

REID, MC

Robert Vernon

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial) attached to 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds near Bucquoy, Bapaume, 26th March 1918. Son of Thomas Reid, of 12 Seedley Road, Pendleton. Born 1893 in Pendleton. Educated at Gardner Street School, Pendleton; Salford Technical School. Officer Training Corps, November 1915 to January 1916. Clerk with the Comptoir National D'Escompte de Paris, Manchester. Gazetted May 1916. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

RENNARD

Edward Marmaduke

Captain, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Guillemont 8th August 1916. Aged 21. Son of the Rev. David S. Rennard and Mrs. Anna Rennard, of the Vicarage, Heapey, Chorley, Lancs. Born 21st September 1894 in Upholland. Baptised 1st November 1894 in Upholland, St Thomas the Martyr, son of David and Anna Smith, resident The Grammer School, Upholland. Educated at Upholland Grammar School; Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Dental. Gazetted 17th June 1912. Previously wounded. Mentioned in Despatches. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Lancashire, son of David S and Anna Rennard, resident Upholland Grammar School, Sandbrook Road, Upholland, Wigan, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Upholland, Lancashire, a Dental Student, son of David Smith and Anna Rennard, resident The Vicarage. Heapey near Chorley, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Three, page 228:

RENNARD, EDWARD MARMADUKE, Capt., 4th (Territorial) Battn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regt., s. of the Rev. David Smith Rennard, Vicar of Heapey, co. Lancaster, by his wife, Anna, dau. of Michaelis Julius Philippson ; b. Upholland, Wigan, 21 Sept. 1894 ; edue. Upholland and Manchester Grammar Schools ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 4th (Territorial) Battn. The North Lancashire Regt.; promoted Lieut. 1 Oct. 1913, and Capt. Oct. 1915 went to France in April, 1915, and was killed in action at Guillemont, near Albert, 8 Aug. 1916. Brigadier-General G. L. G. Edwards wrote : " Capt. Rennard was a most gallant, able and popular officer. He died gallantly leading his men forward. All who knew him bemoan the loss of such a good officer." Lieut.-Col. Hindle, Commanding Officer. 1/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regt., wrote : " He was killed in action on 8 Aug. Ho did extraordinarily good work, being first wounded in the foot, but continued to lead his company. He was afterwards shot through the heart, and killed Instantaneously. 'Please accept the sincere sympathy of the whole of the battalion in your loss of a brave son and a fearless and capable officer," and Major Foley : " He was a good officer, and loved by his men. He was a brave soldier, cool in danger, and always ready and willing to do anything. I personally cam into close contact with him when in France, and my opinion of him is the highest." He was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette. 4 Jan. 19171 by General (now F.M.) Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished service in the field ; unm.

RENSHAW

Leonard

Captain, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Maricourt, Somme 13th May 1916. Aged 28. Husband of Sarah Beatrice Renshaw, of Heswall Villa, Marine Drive, Rhos-on-Sea, Denbighshire, married 1915 in Rochdale; son of the late Isaac and Eliza Renshaw, of Brotherod Hall, Rochdale. Born 1887 at Rochdale. Educated at Private School. Manchester University: 1909. Student, Commerce; Officer Training Corps, August 1914 to October 1914. Gazetted October 1914. In the 1891 censu he was aged 3, born Rochdale, Son of Isaac and Eliza Renshaw, resident Drake Street, Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Rochdale, son of Eliza Renshaw, resident 87, Drake Street, Rochdale, Lancashire. In the 1911 censsu he was aged 23, born Rochdale, a bank Clerk, son of Isaac and Eliza Renshaw, resident Brotherhood Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire. Buried in SUZANNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row G. Grave 15.

Captain Leonard Renshaw © IWM (HU 124857)

RHODES

Arthur

[Listed as Second Lieutenant on memorial and University records] Lieutenant, 7th Battalion (Territorial), Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action near Ypres 24th May 1915. Aged 19. Son of Frank Septimus Rhodes and Katharine Rhodes, of 33, Blackfriars Street, Manchester. Born 1895 in Marple, Cheshire. Baptised 10th November 1895 in Marple, Chehsire, son of Frank Septimus and Katherine Rhodes. Educated at Wadham House School, Hale; Stockport Grammar School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Law (Inter. LLB 1913); Officer Training Corps, October 1912 to October 1914. Articled with his father, Frank Septimus Rhodes, Solicitor, Manchester. Gazetted 17th September 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Marple, Cheshire, son of Frank S and Katherine Rhodes, resident Claremont, Station Road, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Marple, Chehsire, a scholar, son of Frank Septimus and Katherine Rhodes, resident Station Road, Marple, Cheshire. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 4 Plot IV. Row B. Grave 19.

RHODES

Walter Eustace

Private 79174, 15th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of pneumonia in Norwich 13th July 1918. Aged 46. Son of John and Ellen Rhodes, of Cheetham, Manchester. Born 1872 at Cheetham. Educated at Merton House School, Brooklands, Sale. Manchester University: 1890; M.A. (1st Class Honours History) 1895; Jones History Fellow. Librarian of Owens College from 1899 to 1902. On the Staff of Rylands Library. Enlisted 29th June 1918. In the 1901 census he was aged 29, born Cheetham, Lancashire, a Librarian, resident 2, Amherst Street, Withington, Chorlton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 39, born Manchester, unmarried an Author and Translator, resident 324. Oxford Road. Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, South Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in NORWICH CEMETERY, Norfolk. Plot/Row/Section/Area 24. Grave 196.

RIDGWAY

Isaac Althorp

[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial and University records] Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died of wounds at sea 12th May 1915, of wounds received 8th May 1915 at Anzac, Gallipoli. Son of Thomas Joseph and Emily Ridgway, of Wildersmoor, Lymm, Cheshire. Born 1886 at Lymm. Baptised 11th June 1887 in Alvanley, St John, Cheshire, son of Thomas Joseph and Emily Ridgway. Educated at Parkgate and Brighton College. Manchester University: 1904; M.Sc. (Honours Engineering) 1910. Assistant Engineer for Lighthouses to Australian Commonwealth. Gazetted 1914. In the 1891 census hye was aged 4, born Lymm, Cheshire, son of Thomas J and Emily Ridgway, resident Higher Lane, Lymm, Altrincham, Cheshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Lymm, Chehsire, a pupil, resident Parkgate, Neston cum Parkgate, Wirral, Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Lymm, Cheshire, a Civil Engineer - Mersey Docks and Harbour Guard, son of Thomas Joseph and Emily Ridgway, resident Wildersmoor, Lymm, Cheshire. An Associate Member of the Institute of CVivil Engineers. Emigrated to Australia aged 24. No known grave. Commemorated on LONE PINE MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 25. Australian Roll of Honour

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 306:

RIDGWAY, ISAAC ALTHORP, M.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., Lieut., 8th Battn. Australian Imperial Force, yst. s. of Thomas Joseph Ridgway, of Wildersmoor, Lymm, Cheshire, J.P., Registrar of Warrington County Court, by his wife, Emily, dau. of Robert Dawbarn ; b. Lymm, 24 Aug. 1886 ; educ. Mostyn House School, Parkgate, Brighton College, and Victoria University ; was articled as a pupil to Mr. Anthony G. Lyster, Engineer-in-Chief of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in 1907, and in 1913 was appointed Government Engineer for Queensland in the Federal Lighthouse Service. When the European War broke out in Aug. 1914 he was in the extreme north of Queensland, and with great difficulty obtained permission to volunteer for Imperial service with the Commonwealth Imperial Force. He was given a commission in the 6th Battn. in Dec. ; left for Egypt, Jan. ; went to the Dardanelles, April, 1915, and died at sea 12 May following, from wounds received in action during the advance on Krithia on the 8th ; unm. Letters from the Gen., and many officers, speak of his great vourage and wonderful bravery, and of his power with the men, and state how greatly his death was deplored by one and all. He became M.Sc. in 1910, and A.M.I.C.E. in 1911, and was a member of several Engineering and Geological Societies both at home and abroad.

RIDGWAY

John Edwin

Lieutenant, 2nd/5th Battalion (Territorial), Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action at Cambrai 20th November 1917. Son of John Ridgway, of West Bank, Chatham Street, Stockport. Born 1891 in Stockport. Educated Stockport Tech. School. Officer Training Corps, July 1915 to November 1915. Partner in Ridgways, Drapers, Edgeley. Gazetted November 1915. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Stockport, Cheshire, son of John and Clara L Ridgway, resident Castle Street, Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Stockport, Cheshire, son of John and Clara L Ridgway, resident 33, Castle Street, Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 20, born Stockport, Cheshire, a Draper's Assistant, son of John and Clara Louisa Ridgway, resident 22, York Street, Stockport, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 6 and 7.

RIGBY

William Geoffrey Morris

Lieutenant, 69th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds at Heilly-du-bois, Haring, 7th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of John W. Rigby, of 18, Halliwell St., Chorley. Born 16th October 1895 in Chorley. Baptised 20th January 1896 at Chorley, St George, son of John William and Maude Gillibrand Rigby, of Halliworth Street, Chorley. Educated at King William College, Isle of Man. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Dental. Gazetted 4th October 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Chorley, Lancashire, son of John W and Mary Rigby, resident 24, Halliwell Street, Chorley, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Chorley, Lancashire, a schoolboy, boarding at Hostel No 1 and Sanatorium, King William's College, Malew, Isle of Man. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 14.

RILEY

Clifford

Rifleman 391102, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), London Regiment formerly 3776, London Regiment. Killed in action at Gommecourt 1st July 1916. Aged 30. Son of William Henry and Alice Riley, of 1, Lark St., Burnley. Born 1885 in Burnley. Educated at Secondary School, Todmorden; Netherthorpe Grammar School; The Academy, Dumfries; Secondary School, Goole; Hendon County School. Manchester University: 1904; M.Sc. 1910. Enlisted November 1914. Previously wounded. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Burnley, Lancashire, son of William H and Alice Riley, resident 6, Mitchell Street, Burnley, Lancashire. Buried at GOMMECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY NO.2, HEBUTERNE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row J. Grave 20.

RILEY

John Reginald Newton

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action at Thiepval 3rd September 1916. Aged 24. Son of Edward James and Annie Newton Riley, of The Hollies, Harborough Road, Ashton on Mersey, Cheshire. Born at Timperley, Cheshire. Born 1892 at Timperley, Cheshire. Educated at Private School. Officer Training Corps, July 1915 to November 1915. Cotton Manufacturer. Gazetted November 1915. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Timperley, Cheshire, son of Edward James and Annie Newton Riley, resident Norton Lodge, Timperley, Bucklow, Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Timperley, Cheshire, a Grey Cloth Salesman, son of Edward James and Annie Newton Riley, resident Beech Holme, Moss Lane, Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire. Buried at MILL ROAD CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot I. Row J. Grave 19.

RILEY

Oliver

Private 206811, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment formerly 202442, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action at Berry au Bac, 27th May 1918. Son of Joseph Edward And Sarah Anne Riley, of Arden Hall, Accrington. Born 1882 in Accrington, Lancashire. Educated at Charterhouse School, Cambridge. Manchester University; Officer Training Corps, June 1916 to 10 December 1916. Enlisted 1917 at St. Annes-On-Sea, Lancashire. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Accrington, Lancashire, son of Joseph E and Sarah Anne, resident Arden Hall, Oak Fold, Accrington, Haslingden, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Accrington, Lancashire, son of Joseph Edward and Sara Annie Riley, resident Arden Hall, Accrington, Haslingden, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Accrington, married, a Chemical manufacturer, residing at Woodside, Huncoat, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated at SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

ROBERTS

Fred

Lieutenant, 11th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action near Arras 23rd July 1916. Aged 24. Son of Edward and Sarah Jane Roberts. M.A. (Manchester University). Born 1891 in Manchester. Baptised 20th Septmber 1891 in Hulme, Holy Trinity, Manchester, son of Edward and Sarah Jane Roberts. Educated at Manchester Central School. Manchester University: 1910; M.A. (2nd Class Honours French) 1914; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to February 1915. Assistant Master at Stand Grammar School. Gazetted 10th February 1915. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Manchester, son of Edward and Sarah J Roberts, resident 42, Prestage Street, Stretford, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Hulme, Manchester, a Student for Teacher, son of Edward and Sarah Jane Roberts, resident 42, Prestage Street, Old Trafford, Stretford, Lancashire. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 52.

ROBERTS

Victor George

Private 85129, 4th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 36703, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action at Arras 9th May 1918. Son of W. B. Roberts, Wilderspool, Lymm; husband of M. E. Cross (formerly Roberts, nee Rowlands), of 60, Castle St., Liverpool, married 1908 in Flintshire. Born 1885 in Liverpool. Educated at Warrington Grammar School. Manchester University: 1905; Student, Medicine. Enlisted 10th December 1915 in Manchester. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born Liverpool, Lancashire, son of William B and Hilda marian Roberts, resident Wilderspool House, Canks Walk, Appleton with Hull, Runcorn, Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Liverpool, Lancashire, a medical Student, son of Hilda Marian Roberts (a widow), resident Bleak House, Lymm, Cheshire. Buried at ST. VENANT-ROBECQ ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, ROBECQ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 7.

ROBINSON

Harold Fletcher

Lieutenant, Platoon No. XVI, "D" Company, 15th (Service) Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action6 at Thiepval 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Son of Thomas Fletcher and Emma Robinson, of 117, Claremont Rd., Pendleton, Salford. Eight months in France. Born 1892 at Moston. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University; Officer Training Corps, August 1914 to November 1914. Employed at Ashton Bros. & Co., Ltd., Manchester. Gazetted 27th October 1914. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Moston, Lancashire, a Cotton Cloth Salesman, son of Thomas Fletcher and Emma Robison, resident 117, Claremont Road, Pendleton Salford, Lancashire. Buried at CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 2.

ROBINSON

James

Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion (Territorial) attached to 4th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action at Fontaine-les-Croiselles 20th May 1917. Aged 29. Son of Richard James and Mary Jane Robinson, of Euston Cottage, Prenton, Birkenhead. Born 2nd March 1888 in Birkenhead. Educated at Birkenhead Institute, originally admitted 10th September 1896, son of Richard J Robinson, of 118, Price Street, Birkenhead later Euston Cottage, Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, left in 1905 aged 17. Officer Training Corps, November 1915 to March 1916. Live Stock and Meat Salesman. Gazetted 25th October 1916. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Birkenhead, Cheshire, son of Richard J and Mary J Robinson, resident Price Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Birkenhead, Cheshire, son of Richard J and Mary J Robinson, resident Euston Cottage, Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Birkenhead, Cheshire, son of Richard James and Mary Jane Robinson, resident Woodchurch Road, Prenton, Birkenhead, Cheshire. Buried in HENINEL-CROISILLES ROAD CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 4.

ROBINSON

Kenneth

Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action near Ypres 25th September 1915. Aged 32. Son of James Robinson, M.D., and Jane Drennan Robinson, of Ivonhurst, The Firs, Bowdon, Cheshire. Born 1883 in Dunscar, Bolton, Lancs. Educated at Wellingborough. Manchester University: 1900; Student, Medicine; M.B. (London); Research Student in Public Health. Practice at Dunscar, Bolton. Gazetted March 1915. In the 1891 census he was aged 7, born in Lancashire, a scholar, son of James and Jane Druman (sic), resident Rockfield Surgeons, Darwen Road, Turton, Bolton, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 17, born Lancashire, a Medical Student, son of James and jane D Robinson, resident 512, Darwen Road, Turton, Bolton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Dunscar, Bolton, Lancashire, a Medical Practioner, son of James and Jane Drennan, resident Rockfield Darwen Road Bromley Cross, Turton, Lancashire. Buried in RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row J. Grave 10.

ROBINSON

Thomas

Lance Corporal PLY/385(S), Plymouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Missing presumed killed in action at Helles, Gallipoli, 14th May 1915. Aged 20. Son of Mrs. Rosa Robinson, of 61, Egerton Rd., Chorlton-cum-Medlock, Manchester. Born 15th May 1891 in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. Educated at Cavendish Board School; Ducie Avenue Higher Grade School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Arts. Solicitor's Office. Enlisted 26th September 1914 in Manchester, aged 20, a University Student, religious denomination Church of England, height 5 feet 7½ inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Manchester, son of William and Rosa Robison, resident 24, Welbeck Street, South Manchester, Chorlton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Manchesterm a Law Clerk, son of Rosa Robinson (a widow), resident 24 Welbeck St Chorlton - upon - Medlock, South Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 2 to 7.

ROBSON

Ernest Weatherstone

[Listed as Ernest Weatherton ROBSON on SDGW] Private 71748, 135th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds at Cambrai 24th November 1917. Aged 25. Son of William and Sarah Shortt Robson, of "Tyncholme," Beech Grove Rd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. Born 1892 at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Educated at Newcastle-on-Tyne Royal Grammar School; Rydal Mount College, Colwyn Bay. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Arts. Enlisted 23rd October 1915 in Manchester, aged 23 years 7 months, a Theological Student, height 5 feet 11 inches, weight 152 lbs, chest 38½ inches, unmarried, resident Hartley College, Alexandra Road, South Manchester, assigned 135th Field Ambulance 16th December 1915. Embarked at Southampton 2nd June 1916, disembarked at Le Havre 3rd June 1916. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Akeld, Northumberland, son of William and Sara S Robson, resident 42, Beech Grove Road, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Newcastle on Tyne, a Student, son of William and Sarah Shortt, resident Rydal, Moorside, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Benwell Fenham, Northumberland. Buried in ORIVAL WOOD CEMETERY, FLESQUIERES, Nord, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 45.

RODGER

Douglas

Lieutenant, 90th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action in France 1st July 1916. Son of Dr. Robert Rodger, of Hale, Cheshire. Born 1886 in Cheetham Hill. Educated at Trent College Manchester University: 1902; M.B., Ch.B. 1907; Officer Training Corps, 1915 to 1916. Studied also at Edinburgh. In practice at Eye Hospital, Manchester; Senior House Surgeon, Royal Infirmary Manchester. Gazetted September 1915. Listed in the Medical Register 1913 as resident Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester, registered 17th August 1907, M.B. Bachelor of Surgery 1907 Manchester University. In the 1891 census he was aged7, born Cheetham Hill, Lancashire, son of Robert and Helen Agnes Rodger, resident Bank House, Bury Old Road, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Manchester, a House Surgeon, resident Oxford Road, Chorlton-Upon-Medlock, Manchester, South Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 3.

ROSE

Charles Leigh

Private 185014, No. 1 Training Brigade, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of influenza and pneumonia at Military Hospital, Rugeley Camp, Staffordshire (Cannock Chase), 2nd November 1918, admitted 31st October 1918. Aged 23. Son of James Baron Rose and Agnes Rose, of Leyland. Born 19th December 1894 at Leyland. Baptised 27th January 1895 in Leyland, Lancashire, son of James Baron and Agnes Rose. Resident Leyland, Lancashire. Manchester University: 1913; B.Sc. 1916. Chemist for Ministry of Munitions and British Dyes, Ltd. Enlisted 15th October 1918 in Leyland, Lancashire, aged 23 years 303 days, a Chemist, unmarried, parents dead at time of enlistment, next of kin his sister Agnes, height 5 feet 10 inches, weight 173 lbs, chest 36 inches, dark brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Leyland, Lancashire, son of James B and Agnes Rose, resident 55, Towngate, Leyland, Chorley, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Leyland, Lancashire, at Secondary School, son of James Baron and Agnes Rose, resident 55, Towngate, Leyland, Lancashire. Buried at LEYLAND (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Plot/Row/Section/Area 1. Grave 314.

ROSS

Alexander

Sergeant PS/5560, 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) (City Of London Regiment), Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at High Wood, Somme 20th July 1916. Son of H. Ross, of 52, Broadway, Northampton. Born 1892 in Northampton. Baptised 19th February 1893 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, son of Henry John and Martha Ross. Resident Chorlton-Cum-Hardy. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School. Manchester University: 1911. B.Sc. Tech. (Electrical Engineering), 1914; Officer Training Corps, October 1911 to September 1914. Enlisted 7th September 1914 in Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Northamptonshire, son of Henry and Martha Ross, resident 70, Cecil Road, Northampton, Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Northampton, a Student, resident with his aunt Emma Jane Ross at 15, Birch Hall Lane, Longsight, South Manchester, Lancashire. Buried at CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XII. ow D. Grave 30.

ROSSI

Roberto

Second Lieutenant, Italian Army. Died at Pasla, Italy 19th March 1919, of illness contracted on active service. Son of Gaetano Rossi, ex-Member Italian Parliament, Vicenza, Italy; married 1905. Born 1888 in Rocchette, Venete, Italy. Educated at Royal Tech. Institute, Milan. Manchester University: 1905; D.Sc. (1st Class Honours Physics) 1914; Hon. Research Fellow; Research Student, Trinity College, Cambridge. Gazetted August 1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, a visitor from Italy, a Student, resident Golf Links Hotel, Port St. Mary, Rushen, Isle of Man.

ROWBOTHAM, MC

John Edwin

Major, 2nd/7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at at Peronne, France, 26th March 1918. Aged 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs John Rowbotham; husband of Susie Rowbotham, of Rhosilly, Machynlleth, Mont. Born 1888 in Harpurhey, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School Manchester University: 1906; M.A. (2nd Class Honours Economics) 1910; B.Com. 1909; Theodores Exhibitioner; Gartside Scholar; Officer Training Corps, October 1908 to September 1911, and November 1912 to October 1914. Calico Printers' Association. Gazetted 7th September 1914. Awarded the Military cross (M.C.). In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Manchester, son of John and Ellen Rowbotham, resident 63, Ashley Lane, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. Buried at PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row P. Grave 20.

RYLANDS

Harold Bertram

Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action at Beaumont-Hamel 23rd Noveber 1916. Aged 21. Son of Richard Walter and Mary Elizabeth Rylands, of Ashburn Lodge, Worsley, Manchester; brother of Reginald Victor Rylands (below). Born 1895 in Eccles. Educated at Bloxham School; Lancing School. Officer Training Corps, November 1914 to December 1914. Articled Clerk to David Smith, Garnett & Co., Chartered Accountants, Manchester, afterwards articled to Boote, Edgar, Grace & Rylands, Solicitors, Manchester. Gazetted December 1914. Previously wounded. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Eccles, Lancashire, son of Richard W and Mary E Rylands, resident Woodville, Worsley Road, Moorside, Swinton, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Eccles, Lancashire, pupil at school, resident Lancing, Hove, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

RYLANDS

Reginald Victor

Captain, 1st/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Helles, Gallipoli 29th May 1915. Aged 23. Son of Richard Walter Rylands and Mary Elizabeth, his wife, of Ashburn Lodge, Worsley, Manchester; brother of Harold bertram Rylands (above). Born 1891 in Eccles. Educated at Bloxham School; Shrewsbury School. Manchester University: 1909; LLB 1912. Articled to Boote, Edgar, Grace & Rylands, Solicitors, Manchester; Passed Solicitors' Final Examination, 1914. Gazetted 1910. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Eccles, Lancashire, son of Richard W and Mary E Rylands, resident Woodville, Worsley Road, Moorside, Swinton, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Eccles, Lancashire, a Law Student Solicitor's Articled Clerk. son of Richard Walter and Mary Elizabeth Rylands, resident Ashburn Lodge, Hazelhurst Road, Worsley, Lancashire. Buried at REDOUBT CEMETERY, HELLES, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot IX. Row D. Grave 2.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 316:

RYLANDS, REGINALD VICTOR, Capt. 1/7th Battn. Manchester Regt. (T.F.), elder s. of RichardWalter Rylands, of Ashburn Lodge, Worsley, Manchester, Solicitor, by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Isherwood, of Bolton; b. Eccles, 5 Nov. 1891 ; educ. All Saints' School, Bloxham, and Shrewsbury School, and after spending a short time in Germany, went to Manchester University, taking his LL.B. in 1912. While there he served his articles as solicitor with his father's firm, Messrs. Boote, Edgar, Grace & Rylands, of Manchester, Solicitors, and passed his final examination in June, 1914. He was three years in the Cadet Corps at Shrewsbury, was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1/7th Battn. Manchester Regt. (T.F.), 18 July, 1910, attained the rank of Lieut. 5 Jan. 1912, and received his Company, 26 Sept. 1914. Along with other units of the East Lancashire Territorial Division, his battn. went out to Egypt in the autumn of 1914, and for some time he commanded the detachment that guarded the important railway centre at Atbara, a position of great responsibility for a young officer of 23. He left Atbara, about Feb. 1915, for Khartoum and was later moved to Suez, going to the Dardanelles early in May, 1915, and was killed during a night attack at Gallipoli, 29 May, 1915 ; unm. Capt. Williamson wrote of him : "He has proved himself to be one of the finest officers that a regiment could have. You can well imagine the amount of grit in a man when he goes forward under heavy fire though badly wounded. . . . I say unreservedly that I nor proud to be in the same regiment as such a man as that." Lieut. George Chadwick, of the same battn. wrote : "The battn. was ordered to move on the night of 28 May and dig new trenches which the Manchester Brigade were to man on the day of the charge. Your son was on the left, in command of half the Company. We advanced about 11 o'clock, with a full moon which was not to our vantage ; we crept to within about 150 yards of the enemy's trench and started to dig in. A message came down the line that your son had been hit in the shoulder, a Sergt. that was near by gave him water and did everything that was possible, but the bullet must have got in to some vital spot, as he passed away in about five minutes. We put hint to rest the next day in a grave in rear of out trench and put him a cross up made out of a periscope which had been broken by a sniper "; and A. E. Fawcus, Capt. and Act. Adjt. 1/7th Manchester Regt. : " On the night 28-29 May, B and D Companies of our Battn. were ordered advance and dig ourselves in about 200 yards from the enemy's trenches ; this meant advancing across the open under fire for a distance of about 170 yards'. Your son was on the extreme left of our Company and trying to get into touch with the Battn. on our left, but as they had failed to reach their proper place he unable to do so. Unfortunately the moon rose, and as we had no cover were easily seen by the enemy who opened a hot fire on us. . . The section he was with consisting of about eight men were cut off from our next trench and did not get connected with them for about 48 hours. I was receiving verbal messages from him up to about 2 o'clock on 29 May, 1915, and then I heard he was seriously wounded. Unfortunately we were entirely cut off from our lines behind, as the communication sap was only completed after 72 hours and in turn was cut off from us so that we could give him no assistance. An hour or two later I received a message to say that he was dead. I afterwards heard that, he died in five minutes and never recovered consciousness after he was hit. It is difficult to say whether he was hit once only or by a machine-gun. I regret to say that we could not bury until the third day as on the day after he was killed a party attempted to do so and one man was immediately killed. His men told me he was slightly hit during the advance but this did not deter him from leading his men splendidly. The operation was a difficult one and our casulaties were severe, but thanks to the bravery of the men and their officers was successfully carried out." A younger brother, 2nd Lieut. Harold B. Rylands, is now (1916) attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers, now in France.

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