ALLSOPP, EDWARD


Source

CWGC

SDGW

Uttoxeter Advertiser

Other

Parents

Mary Anne Allsopp




4

Where born

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire


Yes


1

When born

Abt Sept 1896




2a 2b

Abt July 1896




6

Address

Wall, Staffordshire


Yes


1

Church Cottages, Wall, near Lichfield




4

Spouse






Children






Employment Before Joining up

Farm Servant




4

Where Enlisted

Lichfield, Staffordshire


Yes


1

When Enlisted

26th Nov 1915




1

Regiment

North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales’s)

Yes

Yes



Unit

1st Bn

Yes

Yes


1

Rank

Corporal

Yes

Yes


1 4

Service Number

19391

Yes

Yes


1 4

Date of Death

21st March 1918

Yes

Yes


1

Age at time of death

21 or 22




2

21 and about 8 months




7

Where Killed or died

France/Flanders


Yes



How he died

Killed in Action


Yes


1

Location of Grave or Memorial

Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy – Grave IV. D. 5.

Yes



5

Awards

Victory Medal




4

British War Medal




4

Where Commemorated

Wall Church




1

Edward was a son of Mary Ann Allsopp and was born in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 1896. His pension records held in the National Archives list his sisters as follows on the 23rd of October 1919:

Sisters of Full blood of the late 19391 Cpl E. Allsopp:

Emily Flint (Mrs.)  age 40  Stockton Lane, Walton, W. Stafford

Fanny Woodfield (Mrs.)  age 36  Miners Arms, Madeley, Shropshire

Mary Ellen Allsopp  age 27,  Church Cottages, Wall, Lichfield

Ruth Allsopp  age 25,  Infirmary, Union, Uttoxeter

Gertrude Smith (Mrs.)  age 20,  Hilton, Muckley xxxxx, Lichfield

Edward was a Farm Servant in Civilian life and whilst he was born in Uttoxeter, he lived in Church Cottages, Wall (near Lichfield).

Edward joined up at Lichfield4 on the 26th of November 1915. He was 19 years old and although he had received call-up papers from the South Staffordshire Regiment, he enrolled into the 1st Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment. Initially he served as 19131 Private E. Allsopp.

At the time of enlistment he was a diminutive 5 ft 3½ inches tall and had a chest measurement of 34½ inches. He gave his religion as Church of England.

He was posted with the British Expeditionary Force on the 6th of June 1916, having served in England until the 5th of June 1916. He therefore went abroad less than a month before the opening of the battle of the Somme and saw action at the Somme, during the Spring Offensives of 1917 (the Battle of Arras) and the Battle of Passchendaele.

He was appointed as a Lance Corporal (without the associated pay) on the 28th April 1917 and this was confirmed with pay on the 27th of August of the same year. He was promoted to a full Corporal on the 14th of November 1917, which corresponds with the closing stages of the Battle of Passchendaele.

He was Killed in Action at the age of 22 on the opening day of the German Spring Offensives of 1918. This was when Germany poured vast armies into the Western Front in an attempt to win the war before the Americans could mobilise effectively.

Edward is buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy – Grave IV. D. 5. The photographs below were taken on the 22nd March 2008, almost exactly 90 years after he was killed:

Edward was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal in recognition of his service.