Service Number 13860
Battalion 14th Battalion
Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment
|4th Battalion 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. This man 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". We have identified this man from his service record which still survives. William Edge was born in early 1890 in Dudleston, Ellesmere, Shropshire, the son of Joseph Thomas Edge, a joiner, and his wife Louisa (nee Pearn). In 1891 William and his parents and a younger sister, Alice, are living at 3 Pant Lane, Dudleston. By 1901 the family are at Dudleston Heath and the family has grown to include a younger brother to William, James. We have not traced William in the 1911 census but by 1914 he is working at Wetherby Grange as a gardener.
The Wetherby News article states that W.Edge enlisted on the 8th September 1914 in York. This is confirmed by his military service papers. These show that the following day, 9th September 1914, William was posted to the 4th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. This battalion was an Extra Reserve Battalion which formed in York in August 1914 as a training unit, it remained in UK throughout the war. The battalion moved around the time of William's joining to Falmouth, and on the 28th November 1914 William was posted on to the 14th (Reserve) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment which formed in Falmouth in November 1914 as a Service battalion, part of K4, and came under orders of 103rd Brigade of the original 34th Division.
William's military service was short - on the 15th March 1915 William was discharged from the Army under King's Regulations paragraph 392(iii)c. The medical report states he had a congenital deformity of the left foot which rendered him unfit for duty as a soldier. Interestingly, later in the war, as man power became scarce, William was reexamined, under the Military Service Act 1917, but this confirmed the previous decision that William was 'permanently and totally disabled for military service'.
William was awarded a Silver War Badge to show his commitment to the war effort and to demonstrate that he had tried to 'do his bit'.
On discharge William gave his intended address as again being Wetherby Grange, Wetherby.
We have not been able to trace William Edge's movements after the war.
Biography last updated 19 October 2021 12:50:25.
The Wetherby News 18/9/1914 & 23/10/1914
First World War British Army Pension Records. The National Archives (WO364).
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