Private John Godwin Raschen

10th (Scottish) Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

John Godwin Raschen, younger son of John Raschen of Birkenhead, was killed in action at Hooge on June 16, 1915. He entered the Birkenhead School in 1908 and left in 1913. He was a School Prefect, and was in the Football XV during his last year at School. He had for about six months been in a cotton broker's office in Liverpool. On attaining the age of eighteen he enlisted as a private in the Liverpool Scottish. He had been granted a commission in the Cheshire Regiment, and was shortly to have returned to England for training, but fell in the famous charge at Hooge on June 16, 1915, the first big engagement in which he took part.

Most of his officers were killed on the same occasion, but letters from many who knew him testify to the high esteem in which he was held by all for his ‘lovable’ nature and “splendid sportsmanlike” qualities. He was last seen fighting with his bayonet amongst the foremost. One of his companions relates that when he went over the top to the charge he was singing.


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