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Father: Thomas Raven, born in 1868 in Nottingham, working as a machine fitter. Mother: Mercy Raven, born in 1869 at Nottingham. Brother: Thomas Hiram, born in 1897 at Nottingham, working as hairdresser's assistant. Sisters:Lucy Ann, born 1900 at Nottingham and Annie, born 1904 also in Nottingham. The family lived at 24 Lennox Street, Nottingham before moving to 37 Lewis Street, Alfred Street Central, Nottingham.
06 Jan 1918
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  • MM MM Military Medal
1/5th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Raven was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France. The battalion was in the front line east of Bethune, near La Bassee at the beginning of 1918. It was a quiet sector, though there was occasional artillery and small arms fire. Raven was killed in action on 06/01/1918 and was buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery. His Military Medal award was announced in the 'London Gazette' 17th September 1917.
Private William Raven M.M. 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action on 6th January 1918. News of a planned memorial service and details of how he earned the Military Medal were published on 17th January 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post, “PRIVATE W. RAVEN. “There will be a memorial service in St. Paul's Church, George-street, Nottingham, on Sunday evening, [20th January 1918] for Private W. Raven, who was killed on the 6th inst. by a German shell. The deceased soldier, who lived in Lennox-street, had been associated with St. Paul's Church nearly all his life, having been a member of the Boy Scouts and the choir, and associated with the Sunday School. Before his death he had been awarded the Military Medal, and his commanding officer, writing of him, says: “This man has shown conspicuous bravery and a total disregard of personal safety whilst employed as a runner.... Although once buried by a shell, and at another time wounded, he still continued to carry messages under a heavy shell fire. He set a fine example to the other runners, and to a great extent it was due to this man that communication between his company and the other battalion headquarters was kept open.” In memoriam published 6th January 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “RAVEN. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. William Raven, M.M., Leicesters, killed in France, January 6th, 1918. A loving son and brother kind, beautiful memories left behind. – From sorrowful mother and father, sisters, and brother. “RAVEN. – In loving memory of Pte. William Raven, Leicesters, killed in action January 6th, 1918. – Fondly remembered by Mr. and Mrs. Gunn and family. “RAVEN. – In memory of our friend, Pte. Wm. Raven, who was killed in action January 6th, 1918. – Gone, but not forgotten by Mrs. Cottey and family.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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