Edgar Sutcliffe


Bugler 12/2151, 10th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Killed in Action 13th April 1918 aged 20

No Known Grave Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

Son of Ellis and Ellen Sutcliffe

Lived 7, Birkhead Street, Heckmondwike

Edgar was born in Brighouse on 11th March 1898, he was one of ten children and the fourth of five sons of Ellis and Ellen Sutcliffe. The family moved to Heckmondwike shortly after Edgar's birth where his father took up the post of Manager of the Co-op Furniture Department. Before the war Edgar was an Apprentice Upholsterer to Mr North of Brighouse. He attended St Saviour's Church where he had been a choirboy and was a member of the Church Lads' Brigade. Two of Edgar's four brothers also served, Harry was discharged on medical grounds in 1915 and 1st Air Mechanic Leonard served with the Flying Corps, in Lincoln, until the end of the war.

Edgar enlisted, aged 17, in October 1915 at Killinghall, a village just north of Harrogate. He went to France in June 1916. In the two and a half years that he was in France he had a few narrow escapes but was killed in action in April 1918 just one month after his twentieth birthday.

One of his sisters received a letter from a Lance Corporal E Stone saying then Edgar had been killed on April 13th. Also in the letter the Lance Corporal stated that "he [Edgar] was highly respected by all his officers and comrades, who were very sorry to loss such a noble and good lad" {PL/RC-126}

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