ALLSOP, EDWARD

 

 

Source

CWGC

SDGW

Uttoxeter Advertiser

Other

Parents

Mary Anne Allsopp

 

 

 

4

Where born

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

 

Yes

 

1

When born

About September 1896

 

 

 

2a, 2b

About July 1896

 

 

 

6 (from 4)

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 November 1915

 

 

 

4

Regiment

North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales’s)

Yes

Yes

 

1

Unit

1st Bn.

Yes

Yes

 

1

Rank

Corporal

Yes

Yes

 

1, 4

Service Number

19391

Yes

Yes

 

1, 4

Date of Death

21 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 joined up at Lichfield[4] on the 26th of November 1915[4]. He was 19 years old and had received call-up papers from the South Staffordshire Regiment, but he enrolled into the North Staffordshire Regiment[4].

At the time of enlistment he was just 5 ft 3˝ inches tall[4] and had a chest measurement of just 34˝ inches[4]. He gave his religion as Church of England[4].

He was posted with the British Expeditionary Force on the 6th of June 1916[4], having served in England until the 5th of June 1916[4]. He therefore went abroad less than a month before the opening of the battle of the Somme.

He was appointed as a Lance Corporal (without the associated pay) on the 28th April 1917[4] and this was confirmed with pay on the 27th of August of the same year[4].

He was promoted to a full Corporal on the 14th of November 1917[4], which corresponds with the closing stages of the Battle of Passchendaele.

He was killed on the opening day of the German Spring Offensives of 1918, 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:

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His pensions records held in the National Archives[4] list his sisters on the 23rd of October 1919as follows:

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