17929 Private Herbert Rushworth

9th(Service) Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born in 1891 in Burnley, Lancashire.

He was baptised on 28/06/1891.

His parents were Robert Rushworth(1863-22/01/1934) and

Mary Ann Smithson(1866-1904). They married on 22/05/1890.

Herbert had 2 brothers; Fred(03/07/1896-13/07/1915) and Robert James(1900-1960).

In the 1901 census the family were recorded as living  at

11 Gill Street,Burnley,Lancashire. Herberts father was working  as a bookmaker(turf accountant).

In 1904 Herberts mother died. His father later remarried to

Lily Myers(1875-1920) and Herberts half sister Lily was born in 1909 and his half brother Percy was born in 1910.

He enlisted in Halifax and his dated of disembarkation into France was on 09/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,the British War 1914-1918 and the Allied Victory medals.

His brother Fred,served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry and died of his wounds on 13/07/1915  and is buried in the Royal Naval Cemetery in Capuccini.Malta.

Burnley Express - Wednesday 26 July 1916 -

"Rushworth - Killed in action July 1st. Pte Herbert Rushworth, Devon Regt aged 23 – from Aunt Sarah, Maggie, Hannah and

his sweetheart Edith.

His country called he answered,

The call was not in vain;

On Britain’s roll of honour

You will find the hero’s name.”

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