EDGLEY, Major Gascoigne

No.12885, Private, Major Gascoigne EDGELEY
Aged 29

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 16th May 1917

The family name may be Edgley or Edgeley

Major Gascoigne Edgley was born in Wickhambrook in 1888 (Risbridge Q2-1888 4A:659), baptised in Wickhambrook on 30th September 1888, son of James and Betsy Jane (née SHAVE).

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at 101 Attleton Gardens, Wickhambrook with his father James EDGLEY [38] shoemaker; his mother Jane [37]; sisters Clara [9] and Annie M [6]. All were born in Wickhambrook.

1901 census...Aged 13, he was at Mole Hill, Wickhambrook with his parents; brothers Adolphus [9] and Harold [7] both born in Wickhambrook

In 1907 he married Florence HAYGREEN [10-9-1887].

1911 census...Aged 23, farm labourer, he was at Ingham Dairy with his wife Florence [23]; son Douglas Gascoigne [31-12-1907] and daughter Annie Mary [24-4-1910]. Wife and children born in Wickhambrook. Another child, Victor Adolphus, was born on 1-12-1915

His brothers Adolphus and Harold emigrated to Australia, and Adolphus see here joined the Australian Army and was killed in Gallipoli in 1915.

He enlisted in Culford.

Unable to find the May 1917 war diary, but Lt Col Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment" relates that after heavy losses at the end of April 1917, the remnants of the battalion were organised into two weak companies that went into Reserve at Railway Triangle and Orange Lane till the middle of May, when they returned to Arras, marching two days later to Simoncourt and Fosseux for a month's rest and training.

The battalion lost only 2 other men in the field over the previous 7 days

Major Edgley is buried in Feuchy British Cemetery, grave 2:E:8

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