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Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire
Service No: 2261
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion / Unit: 90th Heavy Battery
Division: division unknown
Date of Death: 1915-08-17
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: K. 104.
CWGC Cemetery: ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE
Edward Lund was the son of Edward and Frances Thornber Lund, née Glover. Both parents were born at Silsden, Yorkshire.
1881 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: Bolton Road - Edward Lund, aged 8 years, born Silsden, son of Edward Lund, widower.
1891 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: Low Fold - Edward Lund, aged 18 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire. [Edward was living with William and Ann Smith.]
1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 37, Bolton Road - Edward Lund, aged 39 years, born Silsden. [Edward was boarding with Samuel and Ann Newton, née Lund. Ann was related to Edward.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Edward Lund, SR/2261, 277261, R.G.A. Theatre of War first served in: (3) Egypt. Date of entry therein: 4.6.15. D. of W. 17.8.15.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr Edward Lund, SR/2261, 277261, Base Details R.G.A.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gunner Edward Lund, 2261, R.G.A. Date and Place of Death: 17.8.15. No.15 Gen. Hos. Alexandria. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sole legatee - Miss Annie Newton £6 13s. 3d.; Edward Newton £1 0s. 0d.; William Arthur Newton £1 0s. 0d.; Mrs Ann Newton £1 0s. 0d.
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LUND, Gunner Edward, [Silsden], R.G.A., died from wounds 1915.
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Gunner Edward LUND
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery
Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records
Born: Silsden, Yorks
Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Died Date: 17/08/15
Died How: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Egypt
CWGC Data for Soldier Records
Country of Service: United Kingdom
Service Number: 2261
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 90th Heavy Bty.
Died Date: 17/08/1915
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08 January 1915
Gunner E. Lund, 110th Battery R.G.A., writes:– ‘‘I received your parcel and wish to thank you very much indeed. It is very kind of you to think of me, and I hope you will thank the ambulance people on my behalf. The articles of clothing will come in very useful as we had a robbery in the camp on the Common before I was drafted to a battery, and everything I had was taken except what I stood up in. You know there were many thousands on the Common down here at Woolwich and we had shocking wet weather. The camps were just awful. I expect it would be someone who had no change who took my things. I am very thankful now to be under cover; I can tell you it feels grand after being under canvas these cold nights. We have no beds; we have three blankets and sleep on the floor, but we can have a fire, so it is better than being out. The battery I am in is out at the front and we are expecting going any time.’’
27 August 1915
SILSDEN GUNNER WOUNDED
Information was received at his home in Bolton Road, Silsden, on Tuesday, to the effect that Gunner Edward Lund, of the 90th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, had been wounded. The particulars contained in the official communication were very vague and did not even state the nature of the injury, nor on what date it occurred.
Gunner Lund had been at the Dardanelles for several months. Prior to the war he had served many years in the Artillery of the Regular Army, and after a number of years’ absence from the service, he rejoined his old regiment soon after the outbreak of hostilities. He was stationed at Woolwich for a time, and then drafted to the Dardanelles.
10 September 1915
SILSDEN SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS – The Fifth Fatality
An official communication was received on Monday morning last at his home, 67, Bolton Road, Silsden, from the R.G.A. Record Office, Dover Station, dated September 4th, notifying the death of Gunner Edward Lund, No. 2261, 90th Regiment, heavy battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Gunner Lund’s relatives, with whom he resided, were informed about a fortnight ago from the same source that he had been wounded, but the nature of the injury was not stated.
It now transpires that he was wounded through gunshot in the left wrist and right knee, and was admitted to No. 15 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, on August 10th. The date of his death was not given, but he died in the hospital above stated as a result of the wounds sustained.
Gunner Lund had seen many years’ service prior to the outbreak of the present war. He served twelve years in the Royal Garrison Artillery, the early part of which was spent at Pembroke Dock. Later he was drafted to India, where he remained for ten years and eleven months. He relinquished his army career at the expiration of his twelve years, but soon after the outbreak of war in August, 1914, his military instincts led him to re-enlist in his old regiment. That took place in October last, and for several months he was stationed at Woolwich.
He went out with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles soon after operations had been commenced with land forces. He went into the firing line on the 2nd of June which day was his birthday, and which he hoped would be the omen of good fortune for him. In the letters he sent home little was said of the fighting out there, but whenever he referred to hostilities it was generally in a cheery and hopeful strain as to the ultimate result. In his last letter, which was written in his little wooden hut, as he called it, he said he was in the best of health and did not think it would be long before they were through. As far as they had gone events had been very successful.
Gunner Lund is the fifth Silsden soldier to lose his life since the beginning of the war. He was a fine type of a soldier, his erect stature and splendid physique combining to make him a splendid fellow. He was well known locally, where the information concerning his death was deeply deplored by the townspeople in general. Deceased was single.
17 September 1915
SILSDEN – MEMORIAL SERVICE IN MEMORY OF FALLEN SOLDIER – Seven Brave Men from Silsden
On Sunday morning a memorial service was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church in memory of the late Gunner Edward Lund, of the 90th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died from wounds sustained at the Dardanelles. Gunner Lund, who formerly resided at 67, Bolton Road, Silsden, was wounded on August 10th, and died in No. 15, General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, on the 17th of August. There was a good congregation which included a number of deceased’s relatives, Mr. C.H. Fletcher (military representative at Silsden), and Privates J. Brear, J. Bond, J. Gill, T. Hardcastle, Sheldon, junr., Sheldon, sen., Whiteoak, W. Summerscales, C. Summerscales, J. Inman, W. Clarkson, W. Tillotson, Calvert, Locker and Atkinson, of the various West Riding Regiments who were home on leave.
Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor) during the service said he was sure he voiced the feelings of the members of the congregation when he said it was with deep regret that they had received the sad intelligence during the last few days of three of their townsmen who had died on the battlefield. They were all exceedingly sorry to hear of the death of Gunner Edward Lund, who died as a result of receiving severe gun shot wounds. Gunner Lund was associated with that Church, and they sympathised with his relatives and friends and prayed that they might be comforted in that their time of great sorrow. He, with others, had laid down his life for his King and Country. There was now a loss of seven brave men from Silsden who had given their lives for the defence of our home and country. The first one was Private Harold Snoddin, [Snowden] who was killed on guard duty, and then followed Private Ben Hodgson, Private Isaac Wade, Private Rhodes Spence, who died on the field in Flanders, and now they had in addition to Gunner Edward Lund, the loss of Private Ernest Hustwick and Private Wm. Gill. The above had been either killed in action or died of wounds. The latter three had been at the Dardanelles. And in addition to those whom they knew who had gone from that little town of Silsden, we had very many brave men who had laid down their lives for King and Country. Some had found a grave in the waters of the great deep, and there could be no marked places as to where they had gone down, and many were laid in unknown graves on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and also on the fields of Flanders. We were thankful for their devoted and self-sacrificing services, and very gratefully paid honourable homage to them as true warriors for their King and for their country.
The hymns, ‘Jesus lover of my soul,’ ‘Just as I am,’ ‘Rock of ages,’ and ‘O God our help in ages past,’ were sung, and the choir sang the anthem ‘Pass thy burden upon the Lord.’ At the close of the service the organist (Mr. Bernard Longbottom) played the ‘Dead March,’ while the congregation remained standing.
24 September 1915
LETTERS FROM THE FRONT – CHEERY LETTER FROM SILSDEN SOLDIER: The Death of Private Faulkner
In a letter to his parents, who reside at Farden Street, Skipton Road, Silsden, Private Atkinson, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, writing from the trench in France, says:– “It is now very early after daybreak, and we shall have to be setting to in order to clean the guns and rifles, and also make the breakfast. I will just tell you what we had to breakfast. We had 'fried' steak, bacon and onions, with Oxo in, and bread and jam. We get plenty to eat here. We have made three dugouts in as many days, and also made our own parapet stronger.
“I am sorry to tell you that two of our gunners have been wounded, but not on our gun. We have had our share, but been very lucky again. I don't know whether I am doing right in telling you, but I think I must. One morning a German bullet came through our parapet, turned downwards and caught me on the hip. Luckily it was well spent, and came sideways only making a slight bruise.
“The next day we heard a shell coming straight for our place, it just gave us warning and we prepared, and very quick too. I was just going to have a wash, but I dived into the dugout while the others crouched where they were.
“The shell crashed into the parapet, sending all before it. I was out in a jiffy. I never saw such a sight; part of the parapet was missing, overcoats, rifles and everything were buried with dirt, but fortunately nobody had as much as a pin scratch. I can tell you we made haste and got the gun away to another position. Meanwhile the shells were dropping lower down, one of which killed a Silsden boy, Jobey Faulkner. I was very sorry when I heard about it, I did not see him, but he was laid to rest the next night, his brother, who was in the same battalion, being there. By the time you get this letter the incident to which I have referred will be old news, but I trust it will not make any difference to your happiness.
“Only last night, as we were singing here at ‘stand too,’ one of our fellows remarked how happy we all were. It is a true saying that it takes a lot to make a British Tommy sad. We are having nice weather here though sometimes it gets really too hot for anything. The farmers grow fields full of peas and beans here, and we generally take a walk when in camp and get sat amongst them. I was sorry to hear about ‘Ned’ Lund; I only knew he was wounded.”
24 December 1915
NINTH SILSDEN SOLDIER KILLED
Information has been received of the death of Private Nelson Holmes, of the 6th West Riding Regiment, and son of Mr. Timothy Holmes, of 67, Aire View, Silsden, which took place on the Western Front on December 14th. Second-Lieut. F. Longdon Smith, in a letter received by his father on Monday, states:– “I am very sorry to have to write and tell you that your son Private N. Holmes, of D Company, 6th West Riding Regiment was killed about noon on the day of December 14th. He was on periscope duty at the time, and was fixing his periscope, and must have exposed himself for a second or two and was shot in the head by a sniper. He lived for a few minutes and the stretcher-bearer dressed his wound, but he was never conscious, and from the first we knew there was no hope. On behalf of the Officers, N.C.O.’s and men, I wish to express to you my deepest sympathy in your great loss. Since your son joined us out here he has always shown plenty of pluck and fearlessness, and we are all sorry to lose him.”
Private Holmes, who was only eighteen years of age on the 14th of July last, enlisted on the first day of December of last year. He served a period of training at Skipton, Derby, Doncaster, York, and Thorseby Park, leaving the latter place along with about half-a-dozen Silsden soldiers to go to the Front at the end of June last.
Private Holmes has a brother serving in the same regiment, he going out to the Front along with him. The deceased was a former member of the 1st Silsden Troop of Boy Scouts. This makes the ninth Silsden soldier who has given his life for his country.
The names of the remaining eight are Private Harold Snowden, Private Ben Hodgson, Private Isaac Wade, Private Rhodes Spence, Private W. Gill, Private Ernest Hustwick, Gunner Edward Lund, and Private Jobey Faulkner.
18 August 1916
LUND – In loving memory of my dear brother, Edward Lund, of Silsden, who died August 17th 1915, from wounds received in the Dardanelles.
“Gone, but never forgotten.”
17 August 1917
LUND – In loving memory of Gunner Edward Lund (Silsden), who died from wounds received in the Dardanelles, August 17th 1915.
“Never forgotten by his Sister.”
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28 August 1915
SILSDEN MAN WOUNDED
Mrs. Newton, of Bolton Road, Silsden, received word on Tuesday morning from the R.G.A. Record Office, Dover, that Gunner E. Lund, No. 2261, 90 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, had been wounded in action with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. The communication does not state what the nature of the wound is, or the date when received. Gunner Lund enlisted in October last, and was ordered out to the Front on June 2nd. He had previously served twelve years in the artillery, eight years of which he was in India.
10 September 1915
SILSDEN GUNNER KILLED
Information has been received at his home in Bolton Road, Silsden, of the death of Gunner Edward Lund, of the 90th Heavy Batt. Royal Garrison Artillery, which took place in hospital at Alexandria, Egypt on August 10, from gunshot wounds in the left wrist and right knee. News was received a fortnight ago from the R.G.A. Record Office, Dover that Gunner Lund was wounded, but the nature of the wound or date was not given. Unfortunately, he was dead when that word was sent.
Gunner Lund enlisted in October last in his old regiment, in which he had previously served for twelve years. After re-enlisting he served a few month’s training at Woolwich, prior to going to the Dardanelles. He went into the firing line on June 2nd. He has written many letters home which have all been of a cheerful nature, and in his last letter he said they had been very successful and thought they would not be long before they were through.
This is the fifth Silsden lad who has been killed during the war.
24 December 1915
CRAVEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR – SILSDEN
Gunner Edward Lund, 90th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, died from wounds. His home was in Bolton Road, Silsden.
28 July 1916
SILSDEN’S GALLANT HEROES
Since the war commenced Silsden has lost fourteen of her gallant fighting sons while serving their King and Country. Their names are:–Pte. Ben Hodgson, Pte. Rhodes Spence, Pte. Isaac Wade, Pte. J. Faulkner, Pte. Nelson Holmes, Gunner Edward Lund, Pte. Ernest Hustwick, Pte. Wm. Gill, Pte. Harold Snoddin [Snowden] (killed on the railway while on guard duty in the country), Pte. Thomas Stanley Wrigglesworth, Pte. John Gill, Sergt. John Baldwin, Pte. Robt. Reed, and Pte. Herbert Harper.
05 January 1917
INTERCESSION AND MEMORIAL SERVICE AT SILSDEN – Impressive Sermon by Rev. W. Dickinson
An intercession and memorial service for the fallen heroes in the war was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening last. There was a large congregation, and the officiating minister was Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor). During the service the hymns 'O God our help in ages past,’ ‘Lord God of hosts, Whose Almighty hand,’ ‘God the all terrible! King Who ordainest,’ and ‘When wilt Thou save the people’ were sung. Miss Clara Fortune also ably sang the solo ‘O rest in the Lord,’ and at the close of the service the organist (Mr. Bernard Longbottom) played the ‘Dead march’ in ‘Saul,’ and the National Anthem was sung.
WAR A HARMFUL THING
Preaching from the text Psalm 46, 9th verse, ‘He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth,’ Mr. Dickinson said it seemed almost superfluous to say in this sad day in which we lived that war was a serious and harmful thing. It was, however, a great outstanding fact. When they looked at the expense even in times of peace, when nations made preparations for war, it was even then a great expense, but in days of actual warfare as to-day, when the nation was spending at least £5,000,000 a day, then it was that they were reminded that war was a serious thing from a financial point of view. They tried to have dreams or visions as to what would have been done with that money for philanthropic purposes and for the social amelioration of the people of this country, but the country had put those dreams or visions in the back ground. Then we had the cruelty of it, and the passions that it excited. It marched to hunger and thirst and wounds and death. Then we had the bereavements. Children were made orphans, women were made widows, and parents mourned over children and many were left childless. Then we also had the deplorable feelings produced by war, feeling of revenge, feelings that produced quarrelsomeness, a desire for power and an unholy lust of ambition. That was seen by the works of the great Napoleon, and also by the Kaiser and the Prussian War Lords. The question that now forced itself to the front was ‘Is all war morally wrong?’ We had a very high ideal, and we believed that war was all wrong. They read in the Old Book that David was not allowed to build the temple of the Lord because his hands had been stained by blood, and he was spoken of as a man of war. But, in these days we had to look at actual facts. What was the actual state today? When one side would prepare for war and was determined to declare war, what then could we do? That great poet in Russia called Tolstoy preached the doctrine of being passive, but when we came to think of it, could we be passive? If our homes were to be destroyed and our wives and children to be taken from us, could we be passive? Did it not arouse within us that spirit of manhood that we must assert ourselves and that we must fight? If we were not prepared to do that, all he could think was that we were cowards. They ought to bury their heads and be ashamed of themselves. In days of peace with one breath they would denounce all war, and yet in the very next breath they would ask the question why the Congo atrocities were not stopped even if force were necessary. To-day they looked upon a devastated Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium, and alas Roumania, and they came to the conclusion that there were worse things than war – Armenia and the Congo, and the slavery of the South Americans; and what would have been the slavery of Europe had it not been for the call to arms in a cause that was just and righteous?
A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS CAUSE
If it were not for that conviction that the cause for which they were at war was just and righteous, many of them would have failed to preach, to pray, or to look to God. But, it was that which gave them strength that they looked to him Who was the present help and refuge in their trouble. In their fight against war whom should they attack? Often in the past the attack was made upon the soldier. They could not do that to-day as far as this country war concerned. They had a great civilian army, and they were fighting for freedom, for righteousness, and for justice. They never wanted to be soldiers, they never wanted to fight, but the call had come and they could do no other. Who made war, and why should there be war? Not the soldier. In the days that were gone, it was more the civilian than the soldier, the civilian because he was represented by his Parliament and that Parliament as the representative of the civilian often made war, because the lust for power and the lust for gold had got hold of them. Then in the commercial world, amongst what was known as the ruling classes, there was generally speaking a disposition to make war because there was the old saying that trade followed the flag. The soldier fought because he was ordered to do. It was neither Roberts, Kitchener, nor Buller who made the Boer War. If anybody made it, it was Kruger, Milner, and Chamberlain, and it was made because they had greed for power, and an unholy ambition and wish for gold. If they went back through the pages of history, they would find that that was the source of war as far as this country was concerned. He had come to the conclusion that the man who shouted for war had an axe to grind. The man who shouted for war ought to be made to go and face the music and not to send others. What did soldiery stand for? Generally speaking it stood for the aggressive, the quarrelsome, the brute force. They could not say that of the civilian army that had been raised by this country. They were not aggressive, they were not quarrelsome, and neither could they say that they were asserting brute force. He was sorry to have to say it of the Central Powers where conscription had been reigning for so many years. It was the brute force and the aggressive power that they would have to abolish. But when they had said that, they were bound to come to the conclusion that
SOLDIERY HAS ITS GOOD POINTS
The soldier side by side with the doctor stood to give his life for his country and that was a great deal. He would advise anyone to pause before he sneered at a soldier. He stood between them and the enemy, and if it had not been for the brave men who had stood thus, where would they have been to-day? They had no words too high in their commendation and admiration and love for the civilians of this Empire, who had stood between them and the enemy in this time of crisis. The question came to each one of them what was their position and what were they doing in the national crisis that was before them, and still after all they came to the conclusion that the soldier's life as they saw it to-day was a regrettable necessity, that all those brave men should have to shoulder the musket and defend our shores and fight for the freedom, righteousness, and justice of a cause that none of them disputed. They regretted in this the 20th century that such a thing should have happened. It ought not to have come to pass, and it never would have come to pass if the great Central Powers of Europe had taken heed of the sayings of Christ, and had seen His crucified hands instead of the mailed fist, and if they had listened to His beatitudes instead of the philosophy of the German teachers. How were they to lessen those evils? They must attack the root, that lust for power, that quarrelsome spirit, and that unholy ambition that had dominated the great Central Powers. How were they to attack the root? By educating the people for peace at the proper time, and that perhaps was not just yet. It was an easy matter to give descriptions of the horrors of war, to speak of its abominations, and even to denounce statesmen and people who sanctioned war, but how few people there were who searched for methods by means of which war could be put down and destroyed. When the history of the war and the part which the British Empire had taken in it came to be written – he was not a prophet or the son of a prophet – he ventured to say that the writer would pay a fine testimony to the ex-Foreign Minister of this country (Sir Edward Grey) who night and day at the beginning or before the declaration of war strove with all the brain power he had, and with every ounce of strength, he could put in, to avert this great catastrophe. If to-day he was in the back ground, he would looked upon as one of the finest statesmen this country ever had. On what lines were they to educate people for peace? There was a form of Government not only to arrest this demon war, but to bind him in chains. What was it? A cosmopolitan administration or a great Federal Government of the world. They might be dreamers, but certainly there would come a day either in London, Paris, or New York, when there would be a great Federal Government, and that Government would help them to the day when wars would cease.
THE CHURCH'S ROLL OF HONOUR
Proceeding, Mr. Dickinson said he was sure he was voicing the feelings of all present when he said they sympathised very deeply with the families of Pte. Percy Kellett and Lance-Corpl. T.C. Green, both of whom were in hospital suffering from wounds. They prayed for their speedy recovery, and also that their parents and relatives might he comforted. Then they had Ptes. Bernard Locker and Gannett Longbottom, who were reported as missing, and it was hoped that before long good news would be heard of them. They had to add two other names – Pte. Dan Faulkner and Gunner W.H. Sutcliffe, both of whom had been killed in action – to their list of fallen who had been intimately associated with their church and Sunday-school. Mr. Dickinson then read a list of Silsden soldiers who had died serving their King and Country. They were as follows:– Pte. Harold Snoddin [Snowden], Pte. B. Hodgson, Pte. I. Wade, Pte. R. Spence, Pte. E. Hustwick, Gunner E. Lund, Pte. W. Gill, Pte. J. Faulkner, Pte. N. Holmes, Pte. R. Read, Pte. J. Gill, Pte. S. Wrigglesworth, Sergt. J. Baldwin, Sergt. R. Hill, Pte. Wm. Richmond, Pte. W.H. Teale, Corpl. F. Taylor, Pte. H. Harper, Pte. D. Faulkner, and Gunner W.H.Sutcliffe.
Mr. Dickinson also read the church's roll of honour, which comprised 110 names.
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