712, 2016

Joseph Rowan

Joseph Rowan, killed in action on 14th July 1916 and later buried near to where he fell by his comrades, left a widow and [...]

712, 2016

John Edward Whittaker

Great–grandfather of our parishioner Catherine Wallwork (nee Ives), John Edward Whittaker was one of over a million men from Britain and Ireland who enlisted [...]

712, 2016

Benjamin Pooley

In September 1999, after many years of searching by family members and before First World War military records became accessible via the internet, our [...]

504, 1916

John James Ashworth

John James Ashworth, the oldest child of St James the Less parishioners John Ormerod and Mary Ashworth, was born at the family home in [...]

404, 1918

Joseph Edward Ashworth

Joseph Edward Ashworth was born in Rawtenstall on 18th March 1895, the second child of Edward and Susannah Ashworth. It seems that Susannah died [...]

1811, 1916

William Cowell

At 19 years of age, William Cowell is one of the youngest of the 25 parishioners killed in the war. His military service lasted [...]

2311, 1918

James Leslie Crossley

James Leslie Crossley, the Great-uncle of our present day parishioner, Maria Duckworth, was born in Rawtenstall in 1998. James was the only son in [...]

2404, 1918

Samuel Evans

Samuel Evans was born in Burnley in 1891 to William and Isabella Evans, both of whom had moved to the town from Cheshire and [...]

210, 1918

The Halstead Brothers

Thomas and Bridget Halstead were parents to six children, all born between 1888 and 1899 as the family moved around different towns across east [...]

1509, 1918

Joshua Heys

Joshua’s last known relative in the parish passed away in 2015, not long after providing some information about him and his service in the [...]

1203, 1918

Ignatius Holloran

Ignatius Holloran was born on 1st February 1892, the eldest son of George and Margaret Holloran who lived at Springfield View, Clowbridge (the row [...]

2507, 1918

John Robert Larner

John Robert Larner was born on 31st January 1890, the second child of Robert and Francis Larner. He was baptised soon after birth, at [...]

3107, 1917

John and Joseph Lord  

In the 25th August 1917 edition of the Rossendale Free Press, John and Mary Lord, of 41, York Street, Crawshawbooth, wrote a short poem [...]

3107, 1917

William Manning

William Manning was born on 13th January 1896, one of seventeen children to Michael and Annie, both of whom had settled in the town [...]

910, 1917

James Nerney and Thomas Regan

On 5th September 1897, within four weeks of his birth, James Nerney was baptised into St James the Less church by the parish priest, [...]

2009, 1915

Thomas William O’Brien

Thomas William O’Brien, uncle of Tom Smith, currently St James the Less church’s oldest parishioner and himself a veteran of the Second World War, [...]

609, 1917

Albert Hunt

Albert Hunt, the grand-father of our parishioner David Pilling, was a ‘Bury lad’. One of four children, after leaving school Albert quickly progressed from [...]