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Edward ELLERSHAW

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Surname: ELLERSHAW

Forename(s): Edward

Place of Birth: Giggleswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 1799

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1916-07-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VII. A. 1.

CWGC Cemetery: LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SETTLE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Edward (Edmund) Ellershaw was the son of Jane Ellershaw (born Ingleton, Yorkshire, c. 1861), daughter of John and Isabella Ellershaw and half-brother of Private Joseph Ronald Lord (19672) (q.v.) and cousin of Private Richard Wallbank (14317) (q.v.).

1891 Settle, Yorkshire Census: Victoria Square - Edmund Ellershaw, aged 1 year, born Giggleswick, Yorkshire, son of Jane and stepson of Richard Lord. [Jane had married Richard Lord in 1891.]

1901 Settle, Yorkshire Census: Castle Hill - Edmund Ellershaw, aged 11 years, born Giggleswick, Yorkshire, son of Jane Lord, widow.

1911 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Church Street - Edmund Ellershaw, aged 21 years, born Giggleswick, son of Jane Lord, widow.

Edward is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte E. Ellershaw.

The British Army Service Record for Edward Ellershaw exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Edward Ellershaw, 1799, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. K. in A. 7.7.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Edward Ellershaw, 6/1799, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 7.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Edward Ellershaw, 1799, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 7.7.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Jane. £10 8s. 8d.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

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:

ELLERSHAW, E., aged 26, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mrs. Lord, 66 Reedley Avenue, Sackville Street, Nelson (formerly of Settle), killed in action July 7, 1916.

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Private Edward ELLERSHAW

Private Edward ELLERSHAW

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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

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Surname: ELLERSHAW

Forename(s): Edward

Born: Settle, Yorks

Residence: Long Preston, Lancs

Enlisted: Settle

Number: 1799

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 07/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: ELLERSHAW

Forename(s): Edward

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6/1799

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 26

Awards:

Died Date: 07/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Jane Lord, of 66, Sackville St., Nelson, Lancs. Native of Settle, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: AT REST)

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Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

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11 August 1916

ELLERSHAW – July 7th, killed in action in France, Pte. E. Ellershaw, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, eldest son of Mrs. Lord, of 66, Reedley Avenue, Nelson, and formerly of Settle, aged 26 years.

11 August 1916

SETTLE TERRITORIAL KILLED – PRIVATE E. ELLERSHAW

The War Office have contacted Mrs. Lord, of 66, Reedley Avenue, Sackville Street, Nelson (formerly of Settle), to say that her eldest son, Private E. Ellershaw, has been killed in action on 7th July last.

The deceased soldier, who was 26 years old, was a private in the local Territorials (6th Duke of Wellington’s), and went out to France with the same in April, 1914, and had seen some severe fighting. In his letter to his mother, the Officer Commanding said that during the short time he had been with the company he had come to know the deceased quite well, and his loss was greatly felt. He was a fearless soldier, and when killed instantaneously by a shrapnel bullet was at his post in the front line His friends with great difficulty conveyed him to the rear, where he was buried in the presence of some of his friends; a padre reading the service. Before the war the deceased soldier was employed on the L. and Y. Railway at Nelson. This is the second son Mrs. Lord has lost during the war, and much sympathy is extended to her.

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11 August 1916

ELLERSHAW – August 7th in action in France, Pte. E. Ellershaw, of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, formerly of Settle, aged 26.

11 August 1916

SETTLE AND GIGGLESWICK SOLDIERS KILLED

The War Office have acquainted Mrs. Lord, of 66, Reedley Avenue, Sackville Street, Nelson (formerly of Settle), that her eldest son, Private E. Ellershaw, had been killed in action on July 7th last. The deceased soldier, who was 26 years old, was a private in the local Territorials (6th Duke of Wellington’s), and went out to France with the same, and has seen some severe fighting.

In a letter to his mother, the officer commanding said that during the short time he had been with the company he had come to know the deceased quite well, and his loss was greatly felt. He was a fearless soldier, and when killed instantaneously by a shrapnel bullet was at his post in the front line. His friends, with great difficulty, conveyed him to the rear, where he was buried in the presence of some of his friends, a clergyman reading the service. Before the war the deceased soldier was employed on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Nelson. This is the second son Mrs. Lord has lost during the war, and much sympathy is extended to her.

04 January 1918

SETTLE’S FALLEN HEROES

Memorial Service at the Parish Church

A memorial service for the Settle soldiers who have fallen in the war was held at the Parish Church last Sunday afternoon. There was a large congregation, and the service was conducted by Rev. W. E. Linney (vicar). The hymns ‘God of the living in Whose eyes,’ ‘Jesus lives,’ ‘On the resurrection morn,’ and ‘ O God our help in aged past’ were sung, and the ‘Last Post’ was sounded at the close of the service by two of the local Cadets. The organist (Mr. F. Lord) also played appropriate music as the congregation assembled and left the church.

The Vicar, in the course of his sermon, said they were met to remember the Settle soldiers, men, and boys – some indeed little more than boys – who had laid down their lives for the country at the war, whether during the year which was just drawing to a close or in the earlier stages of the conflict. When he asked them to remember those heroes that day, he knew that he was asking them to do what they were always doing. They were their own dear ones united to many of them by ties of blood – husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, as well as friends. How could they forget them? Were they not reminded of them day by day by the gaps in their home circles, which could never again be filled by them? They all desired in their hearts that God would bless and keep them, and give them peace. and happiness. The Vicar then read the following list of the Settle men who had laid down their lives:– John Edward Bell, Geo. S. Belles, Fredk. Baldwin, John Barrett, Robert Bateson, William Bradley, Frank Bulcock, George R. Bullock, Herbert Clark, John Cokell, Edward Ellershaw, Jas. Ewart, Wm. Ewart, Fredk. Frost, Harold Goss, Alfred Gower, Joseph Lord, John Morphet, John Packard, Chas. Peachey, Thomas Howarth Preston, Albert Ralph, Thos. Stackhouse, George Edward Turner, Derwent Turnbull, Wm. Troughton, Harry Walton, John Edward Wilson, Ernest Wooff, and Robert Wooff. Proceeding, the Vicar said they had a responsibility with regard to those men. They owed them a debt, and he trusted and believed that they were wishful to do all that they could to repay it. “ Our lives are being saved by their death. If we have any future before us on the earth it is because they gave up their futures to secure it. Their right to survive was as good as our own. Many of them would have been of far more use in the world than we can hope to be. The future stands to be only poorer for our surviving in their stead. We are debtors to them for all they have given us. To the future think of all it has lost in them.” How were they going to pay the debt, and in paying it to honour their heroic dead? Surely there could be but one answer – to live to give effect to their ideals. When they were asked what those ideals were, they might be well put in the words of Bishop Walshaw How’s hymn written for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, “To make the world a better world for man’s brief earthly dwelling.” If Prussian militarism should gain the ascendancy the world would be scarcely a fit place to live in. What they wanted was the triumph of right and liberty. That was the task they had begun, and many of them, fired by the enthusiasm of a noble cause, literally went singing to their death. The old life which had no loftier aim than a high standard of material comfort had been felt to be unsatisfactory. To ardent youth the higher spirit of self-sacrifice, which was the spirit of Christ, beckoned onward with irresistible attractiveness, and they followed the gleam. They had yet to complete the great task to which they dedicated themselves. That was the way they could honour the memory of their fallen heroes, and with confidence that they had not died in vain.

A collection taken on behalf of the Red Cross Society realised £5 15s.

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