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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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1897 - 1916


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1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Capt Guy Ravenscroft

  • Age: 34
  • From: Birkenhead, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 17th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Warlencourt Brit Cem
    Panel Ref: V.D.38
Guy was born in Birkenhead in the third quarter of 1882 the eldest son of Joseph and Caroline Mary Ravenscroft. He was baptised on 23rd August 1882

The 1891 Census shows the family living at Devonshire Place, Claughton with Grange, Birkenhead. His father is a Stockbroker born in Birkenhead in 1858, whilst his mother was born in 1863 in South America. Guy is 8 years of age and a scholar. He has two siblings, a sister Gladys Eva born 1884 and a brother Claud Lancaster born in 1885. There are 4 servants in the household and one visitor. 

Guy was educated at Mostyn House School and Clifton College. He was a keen sportsman and played Rugby Union for Birkenhead Park and was a keen yachtsman.

By 1901 the family are living at 88 Shrewsbury Road South, Birkenhead. Both parents are present inthe household. Guy is now 18 and a Stockbroker's apprentice. His two siblings are still in the household, though Gladys Eva is now referred to as Eva G. There are 4 servants also resident at the property.

The 1911 Census shows the family resident at 88A Shrewsbury Road. Both parents are resident and Guy now 28 is a General Broker. His sister Eva Galdys is present as are 3 servants.

His father died in the second quarter of 1913 aged 55. 

Guy enlisted in the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment and was serving as Captain when he was killed in action on 17th October, 1916 aged 34.

He is buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery where his headstone bears the epitaph:

SON OF THE LATE JOSEPH AND C.M. RAVENSCROFT BIRKENHEAD

"UNTIL".

His death was reported in the Liverpool Courier on 25th October 1916

The death in action of Capt.Guy Ravenscroft, of the K.L.R.,will cause profound regret in Birkenhead, where he had resided all his life. When war broke out Capt.Ravenscroft joined up a company with his other brothers, and went to France with his battalion in 1915. Capt.Ravenscroft was an all-round athlete, and for several years played for the Birkenhead Park Rugby Football Club. He was a colleauge of Capt.Herschell, whose death was reported recently. In athletics and as an amateur actor he was associated with Lieutenant H.J.M.Edgar, who fell at Suvla Bay, and Major A.Anderson,of the Liverpool Scottish,who has been reported missing since the battle of Hooge,1915 .These three young men presented fine physiques, and were typical out of door, breezy and sport loving Britishers. They has appeared together in several plays, both drama and comedy, produced by the Birkenhead Amateur Dramatic Society. The ranks of amateur actors in Birkenhead and Wirral will be sadly thinned by the loss of these three accomplished members.

Further reports contain more details of Guy's life prior to his enlistment:

Captain Guy Ravenscroft, King's (Liverpool Regiment) who, as previously announced, was killed in action on October 18th, was the eldest son of the late Mr Joseph Ravenscroft and Mrs Ravenscroft, Claughton, Birkenhead. He was educated at Mostyn House School, Parkgate and Clifton College. He was a member of the School Cadet Corps (attached to the Bristol Engineers) and was in the shooting eight, for whom he made the highest score in the annual competition for the Ashburton Shield at Bisley. He played rugby for Birkenhead Park and Cheshire County for several years and was a keen yachtsman, being a member of the Mersey Yacht Club. Captain Ravenscroft joined the King's (Liverpool Regiment) in September 1914 and went to France a year ago. Information has been received that he was killed instantaneously, fighting bravely, and leading his men. He was much beloved by his brother officers and his men.

A Family notice was placed:

RAVENSCROFT - in proud and ever loving memory of Guy Ravenscroft, Captain 18th Kings Liverpool Regiment, killed in action October 16th 1916 Ligny Thilloy, France, elder son of the late Joseph Ravenscroft and Mrs Ravenscroft, Claughton, Birkenhead.

 

Following his death Guy is shown as deceased in a record of shareholders in the Great Western Railway.

Probate was declared on 09th February 1917: Guy Ravenscroft of 4 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Captain King's Liverpool Regiment died 18th october 1916 in France. Probate London 06th February to Eva Gladys Ravenscroft spinster. Effects £4,274. 1 shlling. 

His mother is recorded on CWGC as living at 2 St Katherines Precincts, Gloucester Gate, Regents Park, London.

His brother, like Guy, also served in the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment, also reaching the rank of Captain. He was mentioned in Despatches but was seriously wounded and was granted a Silver War Badge. He survived the war and died 26/12/1960 in Essex aged 76.

Guy is commemorated on the Memorials at:

Exchange Newsroom, Liverpool

Cotton Association, Liverpool

Birkenhead Park Football Club

 

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