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Alec Brellisford RUSHWORTH MM (1896-1916)


Alec Brellisford RUSHWORTH

Name: Alec Brellisford RUSHWORTH
Sex: Male
Name Suffix: MM
Father: John Thomas RUSHWORTH (1867-1927)
Mother: Maria BRELLISFORD (1864-1953)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 18 Apr 1896 Rawdon
Title MM
Military 11 Nov 1916 (age 20) France
Awarded the Military Medal, See Supplement to the London Gazette (Issue 29819) 10th November 1916 - " 6158 Gunner A.B. Rushworth, R.F.A."
Death 19 Nov 1916 (age 20) France
Burial 20 Nov 1916 Forceville, France
Record of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of
A B RUSHWORTH MM, Gunner 6158, 246th Bde., Royal Field Artillery
who died on Sunday, 19th November 1916. Age 20.
Additional Information: O Bty. Son of John Thomas and Maria Rushworth, of North Ives Farm, Horsforth, near Leeds.
Commemorative Information
Cemetery: FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Somme, France, Plot 3. Row D. Grave 6.
Location: Forceville is a village some 10 kilometres north-west of Albert on the road to Doullens. The Communal Cemetery and Extension lie to the west of the village of Forceville, 20 kilometres from Doullens and 10 kilometres from Albert, on the D938, the main road between these two places.
Historical Information: In 1915 British troops of the Third Army were sent to this area to take over from the French. In 1916 the Fourth Army were in occupation until 20th July, when Forceville was included in the area of the Fifth Army. In February, 1916, a Field Ambulance was established in the village, and it was succeeded by others until the end of July, 1916. In Plot I are buried the men who fell in the trench warfare on the Somme Front from September, 1915, to June, 1916. Plot II contains the graves of those who fell in the Somme offensive of July and August, 1916, while the graves in Plot III are of those who fell in the operations of the autumn of 1916. There was then a long gap in the dates of burials while the British Front had moved 80 kilometres further forward, and it was not until the British withdrawal in April, 1918, which ceased just east of the Cemetery, that burials took place in Plot IV. It was early in August, 1915, that additional land to the south of the Communal Cemetery was enclosed to provide space for military graves. There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Cemetery and Extension cover an area of 970 square metres and are enclosed by a low wall.

Individual Note

Alec was born at Back Lane in Rawdon, then lived at Eastbrook Farm in Rawdon, and North Ives Farm in Horsforth. He was educated at the old Leeds Modern School in Cookridge Street in Leeds. He was a pupil teacher at the Providence School in Woodside, Horsforth before joining the army during the first world war of 1914 to 1918.


He joined the Otley West Riding (Howitzer) Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery in the second week of Feb 1915 as 846 Gunner A B Rushworth. He was mentioned in a Despatch from Field Marshall Sir John D P French, dated 30th November 1915 "for gallant and distinguished services in the Field", which I believe was for repairing a field telegraph wire at the top of a pole whilst under rifle fire. Subsequently he was awarded the Military Medal, on 11th November 1916. Unfortunately the Public Records of both of these awards were destroyed by bombing in London during the second world war of 1939-45. These records may still be held in the Regimental records which have not yet been contacted.


Alec was wounded at Beaumont Hamel and died of his wounds in France on 19th November 1916. He was buried at Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot 3, Row D, Grave 13 at Forceville in France. His name is engraved on war memorials at Leeds Boys Modern School, at Horsforth Hall Park, and on the "Boulder Stone" in the memorial avenue of trees at Stanhope Avenue in Horsforth. Besides the Military Medal, he was awarded the 1914-15 "Mons Star" Campaign Medal, the 1914 Campaign Medal, and the 1914-1919 Victory Medal.


Details from the defunct -

LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1913

Alec left Leeds Boys Modern and worked as a student teacher for Leeds City Training collage.

Alec enlisted at Leeds into the West Riding Howitzer Brigade, and serveed with the 49th Division.

On November 11th 1916 Alec was awarded the Military Medal for meritorious service whilst repairing a telephone wire, whilst working as a signaller. Supplement to London Gazette (Issue 29819 page 10929) dated 10th November 1916. Two days later on the 13th November 1916 whilst sheltering with his officer and other men in a dug out Alec was badly injured when a shell landed a direct hit, Alec was sent to one of the many field ambulance stations that were stationed in Forceville and passed away from wounds received on the 19th November 1916.