John Welsh Rawling was born at 16 Cedar Street, Bootle on the 1st May 1898 and was baptised on the 8th June at St.Matthew’s C.of E. Church,  Bootle.
 
His father, William Ashcroft Rawling, was a marine engineer. He married Margaret (nee Welsh) in 1889 at Christ Church C.of E. Church,  Bootle.
 
1901 Census - 3 Gloucester Road, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents William A and Margaret with children Harriet, Margaret, Lily and John W Rawling.
 
1911 Census - 17 Gloucester Road, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents William Ashcroft Rawling and Margaret (Married 22 years with 9 children born and 8 alive) and Harriet, Lily, John Welsh, Mary Louise, Leslie, Hilda and Edna.
 
He enlisted in the army at Liverpool. His service records have not survived and his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916.
 
He was killed in action in Belgium on the 31st May 1917.
 
His photo appeared in the Bootle Times on the 16th November 1917 and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
The caption accompanying the photo read, "Private J.W. Rawling, K.L.R., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Rawling, of 17, Gloucester-road, Bootle."
 
'In Memoriam' notices were placed in the Bootle Times in subswuent years.
 
RAWLING. - In loving memory of Private J.W. Rawling, K.L.R. ("Our John"), who was killed in action July 31st, 1917.
-"Too dearly loved to be for one moment forgotten,." - From Hetty and Will (Bolton).
 
RAWLING. - In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private J.W. Rawling, K.L.R., who was killed in action July 31st, 1917. - "Christ will clasp the broken chain when we meet again." - From his loving Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

9th August 1918

RAWLING. - In loving 21st birthday remembrance, May 1st, of our dear John, killed in action July 31st, 1917. (Ever remembered by his loving Dad, Mother, Brother and sisters, 17, Gloucester-road, Bootle.) "Not dead to those that loved him, but only gone before."

2nd May 1919

 
RAWLING. - In sad but loving memory of our dear son, Private J.W. Rawling, K.L.R., who was killed in action July 31st, 1917.
"Dearer to memory than words can tell."
- Father Mother, Sisters and Brothers; also Hetty and Willie (of Bolton).

9th August 1919

RAWLING. - May 1st, in loving 22nd birthday remembrance of our dear son, Private J.W. Rawling, who was killed in action July 31st, 1917. - Fondly remembered by Father Mother, Sisters and Brothers; also Hetty and Willie (of Bolton).

7th May 1920

 
RAWLING. - May 1st, in loving birthday remembrance of Private J.W. Rawling (our John), who was killed in action July 31, 1917 at Ypres. - Fondly remembered by his loving Father Mother, Sisters and Brothers; also Hetty and Willie, Bolton.
   "Some day, some time, our eyes will see that dear face kept in memory."

6th May 1921