Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill; Baildon; Arras Memorial
Regiment: West Riding
Maurice was born around 1895, the eldest child of Lewis and Sarah (nee Deacon). Lewis had been born in Baildon, the son of John and Ann Maria, part of a Stockton on Tees blacksmith family. John’s cousin Alex Raisbeck was a Scottish international footballer and in 1901 became the first Liverpool captain to collect the Football League championship.Lewis too was a blacksmith who moved from Baildon to Windhill where he met and married Sarah.In the 1901 census the family, with Maurice aged 6 and his sister Sarah Miranda aged 3, were living at 169
Union Street, Shipley, which is where they were in 1911.Maurice was killed in action on 3 May 1917, aged 23. The CWGC record of his death gives his address as Greenroyd, Coach Road, Baildon.Although Maurice was buried abroad, he is remembered on a family stone in Hirst Wood Burial Ground.And there was an In Memoriam notice put in the Shipley Times & Express on 3 May 1918 from Mr and Mrs Emmerson and Willie of 170 Dale Street, Shipley though we don’t know what the connection was.
Thanks to Maurice’s great nephew, also Maurice Raisbeck, for his help with this story