Thursday 13 August 2020

Douglas Harry Rawson Army Service Corps T/3/029471 (1893 - 1916)

In May 2020 I posted a blog that related to Fred Hunter (1887-1916) who died on the Somme in 1916 and is remembered on a memorial in Crookes Cemetery (Sheffield).

The researcher who so kindly supplied me with the information has contacted me again with information relating to Fred's nephew,  Douglas Harry Rawson who served in the British Army Service Corps in World War 1  

Douglas  was the first child of Ann Hunter, Fred's elder sister. He was born on 11th May 1893 at 72 Burns Road Crookesmoor Sheffield and baptised on 2nd June 1893 at St George Church Brook Hill Sheffield

His father  - Henry Anthony Rawson b 1868 (Sheffield) - died 1904 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

His mother - Ann Hunter born 30th Jan 1872, baptised 1st Oct 1879 at St Luke, Hollis Croft, , Ann's parents William and Elizabeth and sister Kate are buried in the grave that is Fred Hunter's (her brother) memorial in Crookes Cemetery. Henry Anthony, died in 1904 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Ann married a Joshua Almond St John church, Blackpool 26th June 1907 and she is a widow on the register. They had a daughter Margaret Almond in 1909 who would have been Douglas,s half sisiter 

Ann died about May 1924, in Fylde, Lancs, England

Henry and Ann married 30 July 1892 at St Georges, Brook Hill

They had three children 

Douglas Harry, 

Winifred b 17th September 1894, baptised St Georges 12th Oct 1894. Winifred died in Blackpool in 1975 

Dorothy who is an enigma on the 1911 census as she was born in 1904 in Cape Town South Africa. She died in Blackpool in 1950

Father Henry is not with the family on the 1901 census, Ann and children are living with her parents at Bradley Street, Crookes Sheffield. Was he away fighting in the Boer War?

Douglas Harry married an Elizabeth Mason on June 21st 1913 at the Primitive Methodist Church, Chapel St, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. 
Douglas and had two children 
Douglas who was born and died in Q3 1913 
Harry born 1914. Harry died Jan 17, 1982 • Poulton, Lancashire, England
The family lived at 5 Beford Road Blackpool

Douglas enlisted at Aldershot on 27th November 1914 for the duration of the war

Douglas died on 2nd November at Fargo Hospital, Rolleston, Salisbury, Wiltshire and was laid to rest at Layton Cemetery Blackpool.

Douglas Harry Rawson

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