Edward LAMBERT
Rank: Private
Number: 40437
Unit: 2nd Battalion YORK & LANCASTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 April 1918
Age: 32
Cemetery: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Ieper, Belgium

When the 1901 Census was taken, 15 year old Edward was living at the family home at 32 Brook Street, Reddish. It was a typical "2 up, 2 down" four room terraced house but it was home to John and Hannah Lambert, their four children and John's nephew, also called Edward Lambert.

John was a grocer (with a shop possibly, on Yule Street in Edgeley) and Edward worked for a greengrocer. In 1909, he married Harriet Brindley at All Saints Church, Heaton Norris. By 1914, Kelly's Directory confirms that he was running his own greengrocery business at 10A Reddish Road. Harriett is later recorded as living at 14 Reddish Road and this was probably the home she had shared with Edward.

In early April 1918, the Germans had launched the second phase of their spring offensive. As the month before, it had great success driving back the Allied troops along a wide front. They continued to advance throughout the month. The British withdrawals soon meant that the Germans were not far from the town centre of Ypres and on the 28th, Edward's Battalion found itself in the front line. Two companies were sent back to the town ramparts as a reserve whilst "A" and "D" Companies remained in the trenches but even they had to undertake a further small withdrawal.

The Battalions War Diary notes that "The enemy soon discovered our withdrawal and followed up quickly. The 29th inst. our line was subject to a heavy barrage but only a few casualties were caused." Edward was almost certainly one of these casualties. He would have been evacuated from the front line to one of the casualty clearing stations (field hospital) based at Brandhoek, a few kilometres away on the other side of the town. There, military surgeons would have done all they could to save his life, but without success.

   
           
   
     
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