A Dying Fall

On Thursday 20th May 1909, John RAWSON, 19, fell from an upper floor of No. 3 Belle Vue Street, Filey.

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He was carried, grievously injured, to his sister’s house in Rutland Terrace, where he lay unconscious until dying in the early morning of the following Tuesday.

I wrote about the accident on Looking at Filey. (There is a bitter-sweet, romantic coda to the tragedy.)

Six years ago I underestimated the distance the young man fell. I now think he travelled between the two red circles in the photo above.

John’s family had a limited presence on FamilySearch Tree and the pedigree is also rather modest on Filey Genealogy & Connections.

The Crimlisks recorded in their 1977 Survey of the churchyard that G576 was a “large fallen stone, now raised”. It has fallen again, face down. The hidden inscription reads:-

In Loving Memory of JOHN, the beloved son of W. & E. RAWSON,

who died from the effects of a fall, May 25th 1909, aged 19 years.

‘Be ye also ready for in such an hour

As ye think not the son of man cometh’

Also of the above WILLIAM RAWSON, died January 14th 1912, aged 74 years

‘The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away

Blessed be the name of the Lord’

Also ELIZABETH ANN wife of the above, died February 15th 1927, aged 76 years

‘We cannot Lord the purpose see

But all is well that live by Thee’

I don’t have a photograph of John but here are his parents with one of his younger siblings.

William Rawson and Elizabeth Ann Rawson nee MaulsonV2
Photographer unknown, no date, courtesy Marilyn Briggs

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