Private Alphonso Renwick
23993, 6th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 26th February 1917
in Mesopotamia, aged 33
Lived at 6 Lonsdale St.
Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq
Burnley Express 10th March 1917 - 21st March 1917

FORMER LOWERHOUSE CRICKETER (Burnley Express 21st March 1917)

From Mesopotamia comes news of the death of Pte. Alphonso Renwick (33) The soldier, whose home address was 6, Lonsdale Street Burnley, had been a cricketer of some merit and as such was well known in the Lowerhouse circles He went on Active Service about three weeks before last Burnley Fair. Word was a received on Wednesday morning that he had died of wounds on February 28th. By the same post came a letter from Pte Renwick himself, written in January, which stated he was as well as could be expected. Before enlisting, he was a weaver at Dugdale's, Lowerhouse. He leaves a widow and one child.


Alphonso was also connected with All Saints Church (Habergham), before he married.The following is an extract from the All Saints Parish Magazine of April 1917.

" On Sunday a memorial service was held in Habergham Church for Alphonso Renwick who has made the supreme sacrifice for his country by giving his life on the field of battle. A. Renwick has, since his marriage, lived out of the Parish of Habergham, but was formerly so closely connected with our Sunday School and Church, and has so many friends and fellow-workers in this part, that his friends desired the memorial service to take place in Habergham Church. It took place at 2-30, and was conducted by the Vicar, the junior members of the choir being present in good numbers, and Mr. George Pollard acting as organist. The special service, authorised for use on such occasions was taken, the hymns being of a suitable character. There was a very large congregation, whose presence was at once a token of respect for the dead soldier, and an expression of sympathy for his mother and his wife"




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