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

5 comments on “In Flanders Fields… George Rawson

  • Carla Hughes says:

    There is also a Margaret Rawson on the 39-45 memorial plaque on the side of the church. Unusual for a woman to be on these. Do you have any information on her? I have been interested in her story for years but have never found any information.

    • We too have tried to find out more. Her story must be an intriguing one. If any details come to light we will let you know.

  • Melvyn Hopkins says:

    The Evening Telegraph reported the following. Suddenly on 24 June 1944 at St Luke’s Hospital Bradford, Margaret Rawson, A.T.S. the dearly loved daughter of Mr & Mrs T Rawson, of Kettering Road, Geddington, aged 23 years. She was taken ill only a few days before her death, which took place with tragic suddenness.

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