Lieutenant William Gray Rawlinson

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Seating
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Lieutenant William Gray Rawlinson, 2nd Battalion the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of Rosetta Ellen Rathbone (formerly Rawlinson), of Aynsome House, Grange-over-Sands, Lancs, and the late William Millers Rawlinson (of Duddon Hall, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumberland). Educated at Lockers Park School, Shrewsbury. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1910 and joined his Regiment in South Africa where he served for 3 years. Promoted to Lieutenent in 1912. At the outbreak of WWI he was serving in Hong Kong. The Regiment returned to England and was sent to France in December 1914. He was killed in action at St Eloi, France aged 24 years, when as one of the few survivors after a heavy bombardment was shot in the head while throwing grenades and firing his pistol at the enemy (report by Sergeant Parsons, DCLI). He is also commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium, and on a stained glass window in St Peter's Church, Field Broughton, South Lakeland, Cumbria.
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William G Rawlinson, Lieut, Duke of Cornwall's L.I. Killed in action St Eloi 14th March 1915. Only son of William M Rawlinson of Duddon Hall, Cumberland.

William Gray Rawlinson

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