Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 10102
Date of Death: 13/09/1914
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn.
Memorial LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL
Born in 1895 at Woodford, son of Edward (Domestic Gardener) and Hannah Rashbrooke. 1901: With his family at 8 Norfolk Villas Peel Road South Woodford. Was a Houseboy to Mrs. Smith Harrison at Elmhurst before becoming regular soldier. 1911: A Private in 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Bhurtpore Barracks South Tidworth. Family remained at 8 Norfolk Villas – later 49, Peel Rd.
Enlisted at Preston. Sent to France on 12-08-14 from Southampton on the SS Agapenor to Le Havre. A Masseur and trainer to army boxers and footballers at Ypres. The Battalion was involved in the retreat from Mons to the Marne, after which the Battle of the Marne held the German advance on Paris. In their first offensive action – Priez on 10-09-14, the CO Lt Col Knight was mortally wounded.
As part of the Battle of the Aisne, the Battalion crossed the River Aisne at Bourg on 13-09-14, advancing towards Chemin des Dames, at a cost of 17 dead. Edward Rashbrooke was initially reported as Missing Probably Killed. Sometime later his death – Killed in Action – was formally confirmed to parents when they were curiously told he had “been seen to fall in a charge during the Battle of Ypres”. His body was not recovered. Next day, 14-09-14, an attack on a sugar factory at Troyon had seen 14 Officers and 500 other ranks killed or wounded.
BELIEVED FIRST WOODFORD BORN & RESIDENT CASUALTY DUE TO ENEMY ACTION
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. Battlefields14-18 – 1LNLR.
Qualification: Borough Resident.