Edgar Oddy


Private 50278, 27th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers

Died 28th April 1917 aged 22

No Known Grave Commemorated Arras Memorial, France

Son of Alfred and Emma Oddy

Lived 8, Milton Square, Heckmondwike

Edgar was born in the 2nd Quarter of 1894 in Northowram near Halifax. He was baptised on 15th May 1894 at St Thomas', Charlestown, Halifax. His parents were living in Neville Street, Northowram in 1891, where his father was working as a Carpet Weaver. He had two older sisters (Edith 1886 and Lena 1888) who were both born in Northowram. His parents were also both born in Northowram and lived there until around 1900 when they moved to James Street, off Union Road, Liversedge. His father Alfred, born in 1863, was still working as a Carpet Weaver and his mother Emma, nee Gledhill, born 1864 was at home looking after the children where a third daughter (Annie) had been born in 1900. By 1911 the family had moved to 8, Milton Square, Heckmondwike. Alfred was still a Carpet Weaver and Edgar was a Wire Drawer’s Apprentice.

Edgar enlisted in Cleckheaton into the 27th Battalion Tyneside Irish, Northumberland Fusiliers and was sent to France. He was reported missing and later presumed dead. He has no known grave but his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing at the Cemetery in Arras, Bay 2 &3.

His name is also on the Green Park War Memorial as well as St. James’s and St. Saviour’s War Memorials in Heckmondwike.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.{MA-098}

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