Edward KIRKPATRICK
Rank: Private
Number: 243914
Unit: 1/5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 25 June 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France

Teddy Kirkpatrick was born in the parish of St Thomas' Church, Stockport, the son of Henry and Emma. The family lived at 39 Thomson Street, Shaw Heath. Edward had a number of siblings - Emma, Jack, Harry and Willie (who would serve in the Navy during the War). He worked as a sign writer for a Mr Hunt of Wellington Road South. His "sweetheart", Annie, lived at 28 Jennings Street, Edgeley. She was the sister of Joseph Potts, a friend of his at the Stockport Sunday School.

Teddy enlisted into the army in September of 1914 and was allocated the service number 2392. He probably went overseas in the late spring of 1915. The above service number will have been issued to him at the beginning of 1917 when all soldiers serving with Territorial battalions were issued six-digit numbers.

The 1/5th Battalion was a pioneer unit - trained fighting men but with a prime job of constructing strongpoints and trench defences. On 24 June, they were at a position known as Telegraph Hill, near the French village of Achicourt (now a suburb of the town of Arras). The Battalion's War Diary records that "D" Company and three companies of infantry started to dig a new front line trench. The other three companies were digging communication trenches which would lead to the new front line.

Teddy's officer later wrote "as the platoon was proceeding for work in the trenches, your son was wounded. He received every attention but he died in hospital the following day. He was very popular with all the NCOs and men, being a very efficient and conscientious soldier. He did not know fear and always did his task in a cheerful way. I sincerely condole with you in your sad bereavement."

Teddy had been evacuated to a field hospital (8th Casualty Clearing Station) where he died. He is buried in the adjacent Cemetery.

   
           
   
     
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