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Born: 1895, Shipley
Died: 3 May 1917
Address: Greenroyd, Canal Road, Baildon
Parents: Lewis & Sarah, nee Deacon
Siblings: Sarah
Occupation: Pawnbroker (1911)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill; Baildon; Arras Memorial
Regiment: West Riding
Maurice Raisbeck
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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.
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Thanks to Maurice’s great nephew, also Maurice Raisbeck, for his help with this story
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