Looking for soldiers that served prior to WW1? Find My Past is the best resource for finding information about Victorian-era Soldiers.
By far the best resource for WW1 research. WW1 Service Records, pension papers, medal index cards and casualty information.
Search through millions of archived British Newspaper Articles to find any references to your ancestors.

Ambrose Raby was born around 1893 and was the son of James and Elizabeth Louisa (nee Nutall) of Turton, near Bolton, Lancashire.

Prior to the war, Ambrose was working as a plaiter in a print works; as were his two elder brothers John and James Henry. His father had worked as stone mason and died in 1914; his mother had died in 1905.

Ambrose was in A Company, 10th Battalion the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and landed in France on 31st July 1915. In the few months that followed he was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Raby

Photo credit: Barlow WW1 Project Group at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3636364

On 21st September 1915, Ambrose was shot dead whilst returning to the line. The daily diary entry refers;

At 01:15hrs, whilst 2nd Lieutenant Claude Arthur Stephen Bidwell was returning from a listening post through his newly-cut wire opening, four Germans suddenly leapt up close to him. He challenged them, and they fired at point-blank range killing him instantly. Lance Corporal Ambrose Raby was also mortally wounded.

Ambrose is buried at the Bienvillers Military cemetery.


Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 16780
Date of Death: 21/09/1915
Age: 21

Ambrose Raby also has a gravestone in St Anne Churchyard, Turton. His mother and father are also buried here, as is his eldest brother John who died in 1919 aged 30.

Raby, Ambrose L/Cpl – d. 21.9.1915 age:22 – Old Ground Left P16

Raby, Elizabeth Louisa – d. 14.8.1905 age:50 bur. 16.8.1905 – Old Ground Left P16

Raby, James – d. 2.11.1914 age:61 – Old Ground Left P16

Raby, John – d. 24.5.1919 age:30 – Old Ground Left P16

Unfortunately no service records survived.

Paul McCormick
Contact me
Latest posts by Paul McCormick (see all)
(This post has been visited 264 times in the last 90 days)
Tagged with:

2 Responses to 16780 PTE. A. RABY. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Lisa says:


    I would just like to say thanks. My family has since moved overseas, but ever since I learned of my relation to Ambrose, I have wanted to know more about him. And you have provided information I was never aware of. Thanks again!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i am in possesion of the death plaque of ambrose raby and would like to donate it to his surviving family if any exist.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.
%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.