Rank: Driver
Number: 169357
Unit: 464th Battery, 179th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 21 March 1918
Age: 21 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

Edmund was born in Carlisle and the 1901 Census shows him still living there with his parents, Edmund (then aged 37, a felt hatter) and Isabella (35). He was one of eight children living at the family home of 12 Colville Street.

Edmund, senior, was a hatter by trade and it seems likely that the family moved to the Stockport area to work in one of the local hatworks. He appears to have returned to Carlisle at some point as his death is registered there in 1911. It seems likely that his namesake had also moved back to the area as he is known to have enlisted into the army in the city.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Joseph had enlisted in Stockport where he worked at the Squrrel Confectionery Works and lived with his mother at 17 Windsor Street, Heaviley. He died of wounds on 3 October 1916.

Although Edmund’s Brigade is listed as being the 179th, this was broken up at the beginning of 1917 and the troops reallocated to other units. As such, it is not possible to know the exact circumstances in which he was killed in action. On 21 March 1918, the German Army launched a massive and overwhelming assault on the British positions along a wide front. Within hours, they had overrun the defences and the British were in retreat. Many men were killed or wounded. Many more were taken prisoner. The attacks continued for several days and the British were driven back many miles, losing all of the gains of the previous two years and more. The German nearly won the War within a week.

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