Edward PRATT
Rank: Private
Number: 12792
Unit: 1/4th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 16 October 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Edward was the son of Thomas and Margaret Pratt, 30 Reuban Street, Heaton Norris, Stockport. Nothing is known of his private life. He enlisted into the army at Stockport and his service number indicates this was in August or September 1914. The number is not consistent with him originally joining the 1/4th Battalion - which was a Territorial Army unit. He probably originally fought with the 13th Battalion, being transferred when that unit was disbanded in February 1918.

He was fatally wounded during the fighting described here. Edward would have received attention from the Battalion's medical officer at an Aid Post just behind the front line. He would then have been evacuated the 25 kilometres from the battlefield at Courtrai (now Kortrijk) to the Casualty Clearing Station at Poperinge. There, military surgeons would have done all that was possible to save his life, but without success.

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