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Family [F10]

RAWBONE

Parents

Claude Thomas (Tom) Castleman RAWBONE [P33] = Berthe VIOT [P45]

Married Abbeville, France

Claude Thomas (Tom) Castleman

Born 25 Oct 1893, Pine Cottage, Percy Street, Shrewsbury.1
Died 7 Sep 1967, Abbeville, France2
Buried Abbeville, France
Occupation: Photographer
Nationality: British
Census 1901: Aged 7. Living with Grandfather in Witherley, Warwickshire.
Following the death of his father, Tom lived at Freshwater, Isle of Wight with his cousin, Emily Castleman-Scorrey ("Aunt Cassie") before joining the British Army Regiment 22501 Transport 2nd (REME) as a photographer, initially a Sapper and promoted to 2nd Corporal.
He served in the front line of the 1914-18 War - Battle of the Somme, Belgium & Germany and received citations and medals including the Victory Medal for his work which were retained by his son, Claude. In 2011 Claude advised me that he intended to donate the medals to the "Historial of the Great War, 1914/18" in Péronne. Location confirmed (2018) by his granddaughter Véro RAWBONE.

Aged 2. Claude with mother, Rosa.
Aged 2. Claude with mother, Rosa.

Aged 23
Aged 23

A 1914 Christmas Box
A 1914 Christmas Box

His photographers pass
His photographers pass

His WW1 fuel pass
His WW1 fuel pass

His WW1 pass enabling Front LIne photography
His WW1 pass enabling Front LIne photography

His WW1 medals
His WW1 medals

Berthe

Born 14 Jul 1889, Abbeville, France.
Died 16 Jun 1962
Occupation: Couturier
Nationality: French
Eugène Charles VIOT and Julia Amelia Laurancia LEJEUNE. Information taken from a certificate from Mairie d'Abbeville Etat Civil certficate numero 73 dated 4.9.1916 and confirmed (2018) by her granddaughter, Véro RAWBONE.

Children

Claude Charlemagne Paul Eugene [P46] = Monique Marcelle Lucie Maria BLANGER [P578] > Family [F16]

Married 7 Jun 1952, Abbeville, France

Claude Charlemagne Paul Eugene

Born 19 Jul 1929, Abbeville, France
Died 21 May 2016, Amiens, France
Buried 26 May 2016, cimetière Saint-Acheul Nouveau d'Amiens, France
Occupation: Newspaper Photographer
Nationality: Dual - British/French
He was informed by his father that he was the last of the RAWBONEs! His father sent him to England to learn English but having returned to France, his father hardly ever spoke with him in the language!

Translated from a French newspaper:

"The Arsenal gunner

Claude Rawbone is quite possibly one of the very first players to have crossed the channel to play in one of England’s first division teams, in the colours of Arsenal. Surprising…
Claude Rawbone’s story is simply a fairy story. Sent to England by his father to learn and to master Shakespeare’s language, during the week he worked for the Western Union Telegraph and played football at the weekend. It was here that he became a prolific goal scorer, a reputation which found its way to Arsenal’s chief scouts. It worked so well that one day he was surprised to receive a letter from the manager of one of the oldest and most prestigious British clubs.
“It was then that I discovered another world; the world of a professional”, remembered Claude. “In all, I played four times for the first team but it was the first match which left me with the bitter memory of inadvertently breaking the leg of another player.”
As a foreign resident and therefore having delayed until now, he decided at this time to do his military service. “At the time, if I had not done it, we would have been asked difficult questions. Also, at the time, one also worried what one's parents might say”. Assigned to the “service cinema”* in Evry, he learned his future career of photographer, a job which he would continue with the Courrier Picard newspaper where his father was already employed. It is also the time when Claude would meet his future wife and he decided to close the chapter on his dazzling but short-lived career as a high level footballer. This is a decision he never regretted as from behind the lens, he would be able to continue taking pleasure from the football pitches before him."

Claude at home - Jan 2009
Claude at home - Jan 2009

Celebrating his 83rd birthday in Bourgogne
Celebrating his 83rd birthday in Bourgogne

His obituary - May 2016
His obituary - May 2016

Monique Marcelle Lucie Maria

Born Pont-Rémy, Abbeville, France3
Occupation: Seamstress
Nationality: French
Widowed: 21 May 2016

Monique
Monique

Sources

1 : ; Primary evidence
Birth registered at Atcham Registration District. Saint Mary, Shrewsbury Sub-district. Certificate reference BXBZ 484829. The informant was his mother - Rosa RAWBONE.

2 : ; Page 118; Secondary evidence
GRO Deaths Abroad Indices (1966 to 1994) - Volume C [C = Consular].

3 : ; Primary evidence
Informtion from her daughter Véro RAWBONE 11-04-2018.

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