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In Flanders Fields… George Rawson

John George RAWSON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Hooge Crater Cemetery

Hooge Crater Cemetery, near Ypres

Rank: Private
Service No: 37476
Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Died: 16/08/1917, aged 22
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: IV. D. 4.
Memorial Inscription: ‘Ever in our thoughts.’
War Office Information: Son of Charles and Elizabeth Rawson, of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Charles and Elizabeth Rawson had a large family and by 1911 there were 6 sons and a daughter. Two others died in infancy. George was one of the first to enlist in September 1914 following Kitchener’s appeal to those unmarried men between the ages of 19 and 30. He joined the 7th Northants Regiment before transferring to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He left for France on 1st September 1915. In October 1915 his family were notified that he had been wounded on 27th September at the Battle of Loos. His hand had been seriously damaged when a bomb smashed his rifle into his fingers. He spent some time in hospital in Kent. He was sent out again to France and was gassed in October 1916 and sent back to England for treatment. He returned to France in March 1917.

At the end of April 1917 his brother Ernest was killed.

In August 1917 George was killed in action. He was 22 years old. He is buried with his comrades in the cemetery not far from Ypres.  

1901 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 35; journeyman livernor; b. Geddington
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 31; b. Maidstone, Kent
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 12; b. Geddington
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
John G Rawson; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Ernest C Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Carvers Lane, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 45; leather dresser; married 24 years
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 42; 9 children, 7 living
William Rawson (brother); Aged 24; tailors fitter; b. Geddington
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 22; tailors cutter
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 18; tailoress
John George Rawson; Aged 16; apprentice electric engineer
Ernest Charles Rawson (brother); Aged 14; wood turner
Herbert James Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
Harold Rawson (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields….Ernest Rawson

Ernest Charles RAWSON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Sarigol Military Cemetery

Sarigol Military Cemetery

 

Rank: Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Service No: 10096
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps – 47th Squadron. They flew D.H.2 aircraft at the time.
Died: 07/04/1917 – died of accidental injuries, aged 20
Cemetery: Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece – Grave: B. 253
Memorial Inscription: ‘Our thoughts are ever here. Father and Mother’
War Office Information: Son of Charles and Elizabeth Rawson, of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

When Ernest was born and baptised in Geddington in 1896 his father Charles was described as a carrier and the family lived in Wood Street. Ernest’s father also took his civic duties seriously and was a member of the relatively new Parish Council.
Three Rawson brothers joined the war effort, but Ernest was one of a relative few to join the Royal Flying Corps which eventually became the Royal Air Force we know today. He enlisted in 1915. In 1917 he was stationed out in Salonika, Greece and was accidentally killed when the automatic gun of a plane was set off. It is reported that the shots passed through his head. Death was instantaneous.

1901 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 35; journeyman livernor; b. Geddington
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 31; b. Maidstone, Kent
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 12; b. Geddington
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
John G Rawson; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Ernest C Rawson ; Aged 4; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Carvers Lane, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 45; leather dresser – married 24 years
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 42 – 9 children, 7 living
William Rawson (brother); Aged 24; tailors fitter; b. Geddington 
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 22; tailors cutter
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 18; tailoress
John George Rawson; Aged 16; apprentice electric engineer
Ernest Charles Rawson ; Aged 14; wood turner
Herbert James Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
Harold Rawson (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields….George Piddington

George William PIDDINGTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Pozieres Memorial

Pozieres Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 202387
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Date of Death: 24/03/1918 – Killed in action, aged 39
Memorial: Pozieres Memorial, France – Panel 54 to 56.
War Office Information: Son of the late John and Mary Piddington; husband of Agnes E. Piddington, of Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

George was the second son of John & Mary Piddington (nee Waters), born in 1878 in Geddington and baptised on 26 Jan 1879 in  Geddington church. George’s mother ran a grocer’s shop on Queen Street.

George had an older brother Arthur Waters Piddington, presumed to have died before the 1891 census and a younger brother Joseph Levi, who, while not remembered on the war memorial, is recorded as having taken his own life in 1923 as a result of his war experience.

In April 1918 George’s wife Agnes, heard informally that he was missing, having gone out to France in early 1918. It was June 1918 before official confirmation came through that he had been killed in action on the western front.

1881 Census: West Street, Geddington
John Piddington (father); Aged 31; hurdle maker; b. Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); Aged 31; b. Geddington
Arthur N. Piddington (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
George W Piddington; Aged 2; b. Geddington
George Waters (uncle); Aged 36; sawyer; b. Geddington

1891 Census: Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); widow; Aged 41; grocer
George William Piddington; Aged 12
Joseph Levi Piddington (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
George Waters (grandfather); Aged 72; b. Geddington
Hilda Frances Coose (servant); Aged 19; b. Gedidngton,

1911 Census: Queen Street, Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); Aged 61; grocer – 5 children, 2 living
George William Piddington; Aged 32; carpenter
Joseph Levi (brother); Aged 29; clothes presser.

In Flanders Fields …….Roland Patrick

Roland Charles PATRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Roland Patrick

Roland Patrick

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Rank: Private
Service No: 15117
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment – 11th Battalion
Died: 22/04/1917 – Killed in action, probably in the Battle of Cambrai, aged 22
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.
War Office Information: Son of Mr. J. T. Patrick, of 16, Queen Street, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Roland’s parents were  John Thomas & Ellen Patrick. He was born in Geddington and baptised there on 26th August 1894, the youngest of their 3 sons to serve during the war and the first to lose his life. Like the majority of the family he took an active part in church and village life and was recorded as the winner of the half mile handicap at the Coronation Sports in 1911.

He joined the army in 1914 and went out to France the following August. He was wounded in the leg on Hill 70 at the Battle of Loos and was sent to Whitchurch Hosptal in Cardiff for treatment. He returned to France in December 1915.

Roland has no known grave and is remembered on the memorial near Pas de Calais with over 20,000 other men.

1901 Census: Queen Street, Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (father); Aged 46; bricklayer; b. Geddington
Ellen Patrick (mother) Aged 44; b. Geddington
Harry Arthur (brother); Aged 18; bricklayer,; b. Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (brother); Aged 16; bricklayers apprentice; b. Geddington
Edith Rose Patrick (sister); Aged 13; b. Geddington
Hilda Mary Patrick (sister); Aged 11; b. Gedidngton
Roland Charles Patrick; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Evelyn Grace Patrick (sister); Aged 4; b. Gedidngton

1911 Census: 16 Queen Street, Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (father); Aged 54; estate mason – married 35 years
Ellen Patrick (mother); Aged 54 – 9 children, 7 living
Harry Patrick (brother); Aged 28; bricklayer
John Patrick (brother); Aged 25; estate bricklayer
Hilda Patrick (sister); Aged 21
Roland Patrick: Aged 16; bricklayers labourer
Evelyn Patrick (sister); Aged 14

In Flanders Fields….Lionel Patrick

Lionel John George PATRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Lionel Patrick

Lionel Patrick

Service No. 5755
Regiment: Guards Machine Gun Regiment, but later Gas Squadron ‘A’
Died: 30/1/1920 at home
Demobbed: No longer physically fit for duty, 5 Nov 1919

Personal Information

Lionel was the first born son to George and Agnes,both from Geddington. He was baptised in the village church and after his death on 30th January 1920 was laid to rest there. He was, like many of his family, a chorister there and active in the life of the church.           Lionel enlisted in 1916 and was transferred to the Royal Horse Guards in 1917.                   In February 1918 he was a member of the royal escort accompanying the King for the state opening of Parliament.

His death came after several months of illness in a military hospital after returning from France.

1901 Census: Park View, Kettering Road, Geddington
George Henry Patrick (father); Aged 29; tableman (?) finisher; b. Geddington
Agnes Emma Patrick (mother); Aged 26; b. Geddington
Lionel John Patrick; Aged 2; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Park View, Kettering Road, Geddington
George Henry Patrick (father); Aged 39; roller – married 14 years
Agnes Emma Patrick (mother); Aged 36 – 5 children all living
Lionel John George Patrick; Aged 12
Richard Piham Edward Patrick (brother); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Neville William Harnes Patrick (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington
Amy Lillian Frances Patrick (sister); Aged 1; b. Geddington

 

In Flanders Fields……Harry Patrick

Harry Arthur PATRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

 

Picture of Harry Patrick

Harry Patrick

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Rank:  Private: Rifle Brigade
Enlisted 18. April 17
Demobilised 27th December 1919
Died 20th January 1920
Buried in Geddington churchyard

Personal Information

Harry’s parents were John and Ellen Patrick of Geddington and he was born in 1883 and baptised there.

Like Roland and Lionel, Harry Patrick was a chorister at Geddington Church. At the ceremony marking the unveiling and dedication of the war memorial there was also a window installed and dedicated in the church to the memory of Harry by his fiancee Miss A Walpole.

Harry had served in Egypt and India and had not long been demobilised when he died under anaesthetic at Kettering General Hospital.

1901 Census:
John Thomas Patrick (Father) aged 46  b. Geddington. Bricklayer
Ellen Patrick (mother) aged 44  b. Geddington
Harry Arthur Patrick aged 28 b.Geddington. Bricklayer
John Thomas Patrick (brother) aged 25 b. Geddington. Bricklayer’s apprentice
Hilda Mary Patrick (sister) aged 21  b. Geddington
Roland Charles Patrick (brother) aged 16 b. Geddington
Evelyn Grace Patrick (sister) aged 4 b. Geddington

1911 Census: 16 Queen Street, Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (Father) aged 56  b. Geddington. Mason to the Estate (Boughton)
Ellen Patrick (mother) aged 54  b. Geddington
Harry Arthur Patrick aged 28 b.Geddington. Bricklayer
John Thomas Patrick (brother) aged 26 b. Geddington. Bricklayer’s apprentice
Hilda Mary Patrick (sister) aged 21  b. Geddington
Roland Charles Patrick (brother) aged 16 b. Geddington
Evelyn Grace Patrick (sister) aged 14 b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields…..Arthur Patrick

Today we honour four men from the Patrick family in the village. We acknowledge them as individuals but in grouping them together as family members we hope we also illustrate the devastation the casualties brought to individual families in the community.

William Arthur PATRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Arthur Patrick

Arthur Patrick

Rank: Private
Service No: 6135
Regiment/Service: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princes of Wales’ Own) – 4th Battalion
Date of Death: 21/12/1916 – Died of disease whilst the batallion was training, aged 24
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France – Grave: VII. B. 1.
Memorial Inscription: ‘In ever loving memory from Father, Mother & sisters.’
War Office Information: Son of William and Catherine Beatrice Patrick, of Stone House, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

William Arthur was born to his parents William & Catherine Beatrice Patrick
in Geddington in late 1892 and baptised there on 29 Jan 1893

Arthur worked with his father in the family building and stonemasony business prior to enlisting in 1916. His home, Stone House, had been built by his Uncle James.

Arthur was a sportsman and played football and cricket, reportedly having with a particularly deadly bowling arm! Like his father he gave much of his spare time to the Church and was also active in the Church of England’s Men’s Society C.E.M.S. as well as acting as Geddington reporter for the Evening Telegraph.

Arthur wrote a series of letters home during his time in training. His letters are published in Melvyn Hopkins’ book ‘Geddington at War’ He describes his supper as being stew, potatoes and haricot beans; that there is an outbreak of measles at the camp and about preparing for transfer to another regiment, probably the Yorkshire Regiment.  He had also heard from Harry Patrick and Fred Clipstone.

Arthur was taken ill while serving in the trenches and died from bronchitis and pneumonia in a hospital in France.

The Patrick building firm were commissioned in 1921 to build the war memorial.

1901 Census: Kettering Road, Geddington (next to Park View)
William Patrick (father); Aged 43; mason; b. Geddington
Catherine Patrick (mother); Aged 35; Little Oakley
William Arthur Patrick; Aged 8; b. Geddington
Beatrice Margaret (sister); Aged 6; b. Geddington
Eva Annie Patrick (sister); Aged 3; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Stone House, Geddington
William Patrick (father); Aged 53; builders labourer – married 20 years
Catherine Beatrice Patrick (mother); Aged 45 – 3 children, all living
William Arthur Patrick; Aged 18; clerk at ironstone works
Beatrice Margaret Patrick (sister); Aged 16
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In Flanders Fields… Sydney Osbond

Sydney James OSBOND

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

 

Mendinghem Military Cemetery

Mendinghem Military Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 45791 – Formerly M/225697, R.A.S.C
Regiment/Service: South Wales Borderers – 2nd Battalion
Died: 01/07/1917 – Died of wounds probably on the first day of the Battle of Messines Ridge, aged 19
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: II. E. 43.
Memorial Inscription: ‘Victory won, Peace Perfect Peace’
War Office Information: Son of Thomas and Clara Osbond, of Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

The Osbond family were well known in the village and ran the butcher’s and slaughterhouse that stood at the side of the church wall on Church Hill.  Thomas and Clara Osbond, Sydney’s parents, had three sons, all of whom served in the army. Sydney, the youngest, was born in Geddington in late 1897 and baptised there at the end of January 1898.

Sydney went out to France in May 1917 and was severely wounded in battle on 30th of June . He was taken to a casualty clearing station at Proven just over the border in Belgium and died of his wounds the following day.

His two brothers returned home.

Osbond’s slaughterhouse and Geddington Church circa 1924

1901 Census: Church Hill, Geddington
Thomas Osbond (father); Aged 37; butcher; b. Rushton
Clara Osbond (mother); Aged 34; b. Geddington
Aubrey Osbond (brother); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Reginald Osbond (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Sydney Osbond; Aged 3; b. Geddington
William Amey (lodger), Aged 14, apprentice butcher, b. Grafton Underwood (William is remembered on the Brigstock war memorial)

1911 Census: Geddington
Thomas Osbond (father); Aged 47; butcher; b. Corby – married 20 years
Clara Osbond (mother); Aged 44 – 3 children, all living
Aubury Thomas Osbond (brother); Aged 18; butcher
Reginald George Osbond (brother); Aged 16; carpenter
Sydney James Osbond; Aged 13

In Flanders Fields…. Alfred Moore ….Sidney Moore

Alfred MOORE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery

Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery

MOORE, Alfred

Rank: Private
Service No: 7085
Regiment/Service: Lincolnshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Died: 17/04/1918 – Died of wounds, aged 33
Cemetery: Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: V. D. 7.
Memorial Inscription: ‘They never fail, who die in a good cause.’
War Office Information: Son of Henry and Eleanor Moore, of Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Parents: Henry & Eleanor Moore (nee Elsom)
Born: Q1 1885, Kettering, Vol. 3b, Page 205
Baptised: 23 Jul 1888, Geddington

Alfred was the Moore’s youngest son. He died from his wounds at a clearing station in France, having served previously in the West Indies. His last home leave was for a month in November 1917.

The Kettering Leader, 17 May 1918, said: “Before joining the army in mid 1904, Pte Moore was well known in Kettering District as a leading member of the Geddington Montrose Football team and captained that team when they won the Combination Cup for the first time. After joining the army, he played for his regimental team for several years and, when stationed in Hampshire, played for Hampshire County in their county league matches. He was the owner of two Kettering Combination medals and several military medals, including the Ian Hamilton Cup Final 1907. When on home leave during the football season, he played for Geddington Montrose, his favourite position being right back.”

1901 Census: Wood Road, Geddington (next door but one to the Royal George Pub)
Henry Moore (father); Aged 58; hurdle maker; b. Geddington
Eleanor Moore (mother); Aged 58; b. Geddington
Jesse Moore (brother); Aged 32; ordinary agricultural labourer; b. Geddington
Agnes Moore (sister); Aged 19; domestic housemaid; b. Geddington
Alfred Moore; Aged 16; plumber; b. Geddington

Sydney George MOORE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Sydney Moore

Sydney Moore

MOORE, Sydney George

Rank: Private
Service No: 17643
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 6th Battalion
Died: 17/02/1917 – Killed in action, aged 19
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France – Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.
War Office Information: Son of Harry and Mary Jane Moore, of Kettering Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Parents: Harry & Mary Jane Moore
Born: Q4 1897, Kettering, Vol. 3b, Page 179
Baptised: 12 Dec 1897, St. Faith Church, Newton in the Willows

Sidney had been reported missing on 17th February 1917 during the battle of the Somme but it was not until early 1918 that official news came through that he was presumed dead from that date.  The Thiepval Memorial lists him as one of over 72,000 men who have no known grave.

1901 Census: Wood Road, Geddington (2 doors from the Townley’s)
Harry Moore (father); Aged 36; carpenter; b. Geddington
Mary J Moore (mother); Aged 33; b. Rushton
Leonard J Moore (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Sydney G Moore; Aged 3
Margaret W Moore (sister); Aged 5 months; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Sunnyside, Kettering Road, Geddington
Harry Moore (father); Aged 46; carpenter – married 17 years
Mary Jane Moore (mother); Aged 43 – 4 children – all living
Leonard Stanley Moore (brother); Aged 15; apprentice engineer
Sydney George Moore; Aged 13; office boy
Margaret Winifred Moore (sister); Aged 10
Eleanor Mary Moore (sister); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Charlotte Stanley (grandmother); Aged 82; Little Oakley

In Flanders Fields……George Miller

George Henry MILLER

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of George Miller

George Miller

Rank: Private
Service No: 13301
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Battalion
Died: 09/05/1915 – Killed in action
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, France – Panel 28 to 30.

Personal Information

George’s parents were William & Rebecca Ann Miller . He was born in 1894 and baptised in Geddington parish church on 28th January 1894.

He was one of the first from the village to sign up on 31st August 1914, joining the Northants Battalion. He lost his life in one of the fiercest battles of the following year trying to secure Aubers Ridge and thus retake Lille from the Germans.

He is commemorated on the memorial as one of 13,400 young men who lost their lives between 9-10th May 1915. He has no known grave. His friend Fred Simons, who signed up with him also lost his life in the battle.

1901 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
William Miller (father); Aged 46; general agricultural labourer; b. Rushton
Rebecca Miller (mother); Aged 46; b. Little Oakley
Lilly Miller (sister); Aged 11; b. Geddington
Charles Miller (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
George Miller; Aged 7; b. Geddington
Arthur Miller (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Malting Lane, Geddington
William Miller (father); Aged 57; farm labourer – married 22 years
Rebecca Miller (mother); Aged 57; 4 children, all living
George Miller; Aged 17; engine cleaner
Arthur Miller (brother); Aged 12; errand boy

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