Rank: Private
Number: 22165
Unit: 6th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 10 August 1916
Cemetery: Sucerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France

Nothing is known of Eric's life except that Regimental records published after the War, show he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town.

The Battle of the Somme had started on 1 July (and would continue well into the late autumn). The Shropshires had not been called on to take part in any of the attacks and, relatively speaking, were having a quiet time of it, in comparison with many other units.

Thursday, 10 August, was a particularly quiet day across the whole of the battlefield with not even minor skirmishes being reported in the history of the Battle. It was warm with temperatures approaching 70F but it rained heavily. The Shropshires were in front line trenches near the village of Serre and were improving the defences. Between 11pm and 11.40, the Germans bombarded the position with trench mortar shells killing Eric and seven of his comrades. They are now buried in adjacent graves.

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