Service Number 13860
Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment
The name W. Edge appears in the Wetherby News in an article of the 18th September 1914 which lists men of the area who had volunteered to serve. He is listed as living at the time in Micklethwaite. Later, on the 23rd October 1914, the Wetherby News followed up this list with another of the men who were serving. In that list, W. Edge is listed as being "of Wetherby Grange". It is likely that this is someone who lived and worked on the estate at The Grange, but we have been unable to unambiguously identify this man, or even to be certain of his first name.
However, the Wetherby News article states that W.Edge enlisted on the 8th September 1914 in York. We know that many of the local men who enlisted in York very early in the war enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regiment, and we have found a record of the award of a Silver War Badge, number 380513, to Private 13860 William Edge of the West Yorkshire Regiment. William Edge enlisted on the 8th September 1914. The Silver War badge records show that William Edge was discharged on the 15th March 1915, under paragraph 392(iii)cc of King's Regulations and that he had not served overseas. Paragraph 392(iii)cc is a regulation that allows for the discharge of a man with between three and six months of service who is deemed not likely to become an efficient soldier being considered to be unfit for service. William's record is also annotated as 'sickness'. At that time he was aged 26 years and 1 month. This may be the man mentioned in The Wetherby News article. If so, he does not seem to have returned to the Wetherby district after 1915, as we find no one with the surname Edge in the electoral rolls for Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite at any time from 1913 to 1920.
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The Wetherby News 18/9/1914 & 23/10/1914
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