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Edmund James PRIESTLEY

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Surname: PRIESTLEY

Forename(s): Edmund James

Place of Birth: Bacup, Lancashire

Service No: 23717

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 38

Date of Death: 1917-02-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Edmund James Priestley was the son of Edmund and Ruth Priestley, née Collinge. Edmund, senior, was born at Crawshawbooth and Ruth at Bacup, Lancashire.

1881 Newchurch, Lancashire Census: Moss Gap - Edmund J. Priestley, aged 2 years, born Bacup, Lancashire, son of Edmund and Ruth Priestley.

1891 Stansfield Township, Todmorden Yorkshire Census: 17, Barker Street - Edmund J. Priestley, aged 12 years, born Bacup, Lancashire, son of Edmund and Ruth Priestley.

1901 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 10 Spring Terrace - Edmund J. Priestley, aged 22 years, born Bacup, Lancashire, son of Edmund and [stepson of] Mary E. Priestley.

Edmund was married to Mary Ann Hartley in 1906.

1911 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 7, Mill Brow - Edmund James Priestley, aged 32 years, born Bacup, Lancashire, husband of Mary Ann Priestley.

The British Army Service Record for Edmund James Priestley exists but may be incomplete.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

PRIESTLEY, E.J., aged 38, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 10, Stoney Bank, [Earby], killed in action Feb. 21, 1917.

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Private Edmund James PRIESTLEY

Private Edmund James PRIESTLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PRIESTLEY

Forename(s): Edmund James

Born: Bacup, Lancs

Residence: Earby, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 23717

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 21/02/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: PRIESTLEY

Forename(s): Edmund James

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 23717

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 38

Awards:

Died Date: 21/02/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Priestley, of 10, Stoney Bank Rd., Earby; husband of Mary A. Priestley, of 7, Cardwell St., Padiham, Lancs.

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2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Edmund James Priestley was killed whilst the Battalion was in the front line trenches near Bouchavesnes.

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16 March 1917

PRIESTLEY – February 21st 1917, killed in action in France, Pte. Edmund J. Priestley, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Priestley, 10 Stoney Bank Road, Earby, aged 38 years.

16 March 1917

EARBY SOLDIER KILLED

The death was officially notified last week of Pte. Edmund J. Priestley, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, as having been killed in action on February 21st. Deceased was a married man 38 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children, who reside at 7, Mill Brow, Earby. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Priestley, 10, Stoney Bank Road, Earby, whose three other sons are all serving: one being now in France, another in hospital at Malta (from Salonika) and the other in the Naval Sick Berth Reserve at Gosport. Pte. Priestley, who was the last of four to join up, had only been in France about a month at the time of his death. He was formerly a weaver for Messrs. J.S. Watson and Sons, Albion Shed.

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16 March 1917

PRIESTLEY – Feb. 21st, killed in action, Pte. Edmund J. Priestley, 3rd 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Edmund Priestley, of 10, Stoney Bank, Earby, aged 38.

16 March 1917

EARBY SOLDIERS KILLED

The death was officially notified last week of Pte. Edmund J. Priestley, 3/6 Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, as having been killed in action on February 21st. Deceased was a married man 38 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children, who reside at 7, Mill Brow, Earby. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Priestley, 10, Stoney Bank Road, Earby, whose three other sons are all serving, one being now in France, another in hospital at Malta (from Salonika) and the other in the Naval Sick Berth Reserve at Gosport. Pte. Priestley, who was the last of four to join up, had only been in France about a month at the time of his death. He was formerly a weaver for Messrs. J.S. Watson and Sons, Albion Shed.

30 March 1917

PRIESTLEY – March 23rd, at 10, Stoney Bank Road, Earby, Edmund Priestley, aged 61 years.

[Father of Pte. Edmund James Priestley, who was killed in action, 21 February 1917.]

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