MM awardee dies, aged 73

Bob Rawlinson
Bob Rawlinson

A Calder Valley resident who won the Military Medal while serving as a Royal Marine has died at the age of 73.

Mr Robert Rawlinson, known as Bob, passed away at Holly Bank Nursing Home, Halifax. He joined the Marines at 16 and saw conflict in Malaya and Brunei, where he was awarded the Military Medal for the rescue of hostages at Limbang.

While posted to Portsmouth, Bob met his late wife, Margaret Finnigan, of Luddenden Foot. In 1967 Bob and Margaret, now married, moved to Windy Harbour Farm, Todmorden, to start a new hill farming venture. He also served in the Merchant Navy working for BP and prior to retirement in 1992 Bob worked as a house master at Dobroyd Castle School in Todmorden.

His funeral is at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd, at 11am on Thursday, September 26.