Henry (Harry) Rawson (1885–1964)


Royal Dublin Fusiliers 17304  

Courtesy Simon Johnson

Henry Rawson – better known as Harry – was born at Fritchley in 1885, the son of Robert Rawson and Mary Ann Harrison. Of the children who survived beyond infancy, Harry was the fifth of seven, with two sisters and four brothers. Harry married Alice Calladine in 1906. They appear to have had no children.

Harry’s service records have not survived, so it hasn’t been possible to identify his regiment. His grand-niece, Rosemary Tomlinson, recalls her grandmother (Harry’s younger sister Lily) telling her that she can remember Harry joining up, and also remembers him coming home in his uniform, which had a red jacket.

After the war Harry spent periods living at Crich and Swanwick and worked for a number of years as a coal miner. His later life was spent living on Chapel Lane at Crich. After his wife’s death in 1960 he married Sarah Ann Redfern in 1961 and inherited an adult stepdaughter.

Harry passed away at Belper on 6 November 1964, aged seventy-nine years. His cousin, Arthur Walker Harrison, is also listed on the Roll of Honour.

Medal Roll
He was awarded Victory, British War and 15 Star medals
He entered France 7 June 1915, was discharged 22 November 1915 and awarded the Siver War Badge

Silver War Badge
17034 Rawson Harry; badge 58372; enlisted 31.11.14 discharged 22.11.15; sickness; served overseas

Newspaper Report

Ripley & Heanor News 1956
Mr and Mrs Harry Rawson, of Sandy Lane, Crich, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 24th .
Mrs Rawson was formerly Miss Alice Calladine, of Swanwick, but had lived at Pinxton until her marriage at Pinxton Parish Church in 1906, to Mr Rawson, who was a native of Fritchley. They lived at Fritchley for a number of years, but came to reside at Crich about 20 years ago.
Mr Rawson had been a miner until he retired in 1927 owing to an injury.
He is an ex-serviceman having served with the Dublin Fusiliers theroughout the first world war in France and Belgium. His hobbies are gardening and pigeons.
Mr and Mrs Rawson are members of Crch Evergreen Club and are both in good health. They have no family.

1939 Register: Sandy Lane
Harry (Henry) Rawson b.24 May 1885; public works labourer heavy work
Alice Rawson b.10 April 1885

Harry Rawson married Alice Calladine in 1906 December qtr (Mansfield reg district)


1891: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Rawson Head 38 FWK South Wingfield
Mary Ann   wife 39   Crich
Tamar   daughter 18 Factory hand cotton Crich
William T   son 14 Brick yard labourer Crich
Robert   son 10 Scholar Fritchley
Benjamin   son 7 Scholar Fritchley
Harry   son 5 Scholar Fritchley
Lily   daughter 1 mo   Fritchley

RG12 piece 2746 folio 61 page 15

1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Rawson Head 46 Bricklayers labourer Moorwood Moor
Mary Ann   wife 46   Crich
Robert   son 20 Stone cutter Crich
Benjamin   son 18 Labourer brickyard Crich
Henry   son 16 Labourer woodyard Crich
Lily   daughter 10   Crich
Herbert S   son 4   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 12 page 16

Cannot find him in 1911