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George Rogerson was born on the 27 November, 1895 in Kirkham, the son of John and Mary Elizabeth Rogerson (nee Hodgson)

George`s father John Rogerson was born in Broughton, near Preston. At some time during the 1860`s John Rogerson went to live in Kirkham with his parents, his father was a Veterinary Surgeon. By 1891 John Rogerson was also a practising Veterinary Surgeon presumably having taken over the practice following the death of his father in 1886.

On the 15 June, 1892 John Rogerson married Mary Elizabeth Hodgson in The Willows RC Church, Kirkham. John and Mary had seven children including George, the others being: Mary Hodgson (1893), Hilda (1894), John Lawrenson (1897), William (1898-1898), Charles (1900) and Christopher (1902-1902).

By 1901 the family were living at number 14 Moor Street, Kirkham and they had acquired a domestic servant Elizabeth E. Rogerson who was 15 years old.

George`s parents John and Mary Elizabeth both died in 1905, his father died on 3 April and his mother six months later on 23 September. They are both buried in The Willows RC Church.

The death of George`s parents obviously had an impact on the family, Mary the eldest daughter was only 12 years old and George himself was just 10. By the time the 1911 Census was recorded the children are all living miles apart.

Mary the eldest was employed as a general domestic servant at The Presbytery, St. Marys RC Church, Great Eccleston. Hilda who was 17 by this time was at the Sisters of Charity, St. Augustine`s Convent in Darlington. John remained in Kirkham boarding with a cousin Henry Williams and his wife Agnes. Meanwhile George himself and the youngest child Charles were students at the Roman Catholic College, Ushaw, Durham.

On the 18August, 1914 George enlisted at Horwich near Bolton. He was posted to the 4th Battalion and was given the service number 2414. He gave his address at the time as 80 Crown Street, Horwich. His occupation was an engine cleaner in the Horwich Loco Works.

George`s next of kin was recorded first of all as John Rogerson “in Kitchener’s Army, Preston” (his younger brother). This was later amended to Miss Mary Rogerson, 21 Harris Street, Fleetwood (his eldest sister).

George embarked at Folkestone on the 4 May, 1915 boarding the SS Onward bound for Boulogne with the rest of the 1/4th Battalion.

Just over a month later on 15 June, 1915 George Rogerson was killed in action at Festubert.

The following article appeared in the Preston Guardian a short while later.


George`s personal effects were sent to his eldest sister Mary H Rogerson, c/o Messrs. Ward & Newsham, Solicitors, Lune Street, Preston. Unfortunately there is no list of his effects in his service papers.

George received the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and his name is recorded on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2414
Date of Death: 15/06/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

Additional family information

ROGERSONSM2The brother referred to originally as George`s next of kin was his younger brother 11844 Private John Rogerson, 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancs. John had also enlisted at Horwich. John was killed in action on 1 August, 1918 and his name is recorded on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. Unfortunately John`s service papers do not appear to have survived.The youngest brother Charles also enlisted but he went into the Royal Navy as a Boy Telegraphist. After initial training Charles served from 16 Nov – 31 Dec 1917 on HMS King George. He was then taken ill with acute miliary tuberculosis. Charles died as a result of his illness on 5 January, 1918 a couple of months short of his 18th birthday. He is buried in the Lyness RN Cemetery, Island of Hoy, Orkneys. (Source CWGC). The family gravestone incorrectly notes his date of death as 5/1/15.

The three brothers are recorded on the Kirkham War Memorial and also the family gravestone.


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