Rank: Private
Number: 251088
Unit: D Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 September 1917
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Almost nothing is known about Edgar, other than he is believed to have been born locally, the son of Thomas. The family home at the time of the War was at "Ashleigh", Compstall. After the War, Mr Hadfield is known to have moved to Marple Bridge.

Edgar's original service number, 3592, is consistent with him joining the 6th Battalion, as a conscript, around the middle of 1916. Territorial soldiers were issued with new six-digit numbers at the beginning of 1917. His original number appears on his medal entitlement records at the National Archives, confirming he saw action abroad in 1916.

At the beginning of September 1917, the Battalion was at Toronto camp, between the Belgian towns of Ypres and Poperinghe. This was a reserve area well away from the front lines but the men were going forward each day carrying out fatigues. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties on the day Edgar was killed but it is understood, from newspaper reports, that he and two other men were killed by enemy shelling. An examination of regimental records, published after the War, suggests that the others were Arthur Gibson, form Chorlton on Medlock and Owen Harold, from Liverpool.

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