Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Rushton, Edgar - Gunner (213280)

Gunner Edgar Rushton
Royal Field Artillery,
Died of Wounds, 
1st May 1918
Age 20
Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

Newspaper Report:


Private Edgar Rushton (20), R.F.A. son of Mr. William Taylor Rushton, West View Street, Haslingden, and up to joining up cashier with Messrs. Whittaker, Hibbert, and Evans, solicitors, Haslingden, has died from wounds received in action.  Deceased joined up when he attained the age of 19, just previous to his brother, Pte Henry Rushton, who had been clerk in the Haslingden Tramway Offices, had been killed.  A short time ago deceased was slightly wounded and was placed on office work.  He had not been out long when he received the injury that has terminated fatally.  
This injury consisted of gunshot wounds in the left arm and side, the abdomen being penetrated.  During last week the parents received a letter from the matron at the base hospital to which deceased was taken stating that he was seriously wounded and could not write himself.  A telegram from the record office confirmed this information and stated that the young man could not be seen by relatives.  On Sunday the news was received that he died at midnight on May 1st.  Deceased was a valued worker at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel and Sunday School. He had been with Messrs Whitaker, Hibbert, and Evans almost from the time he commenced to work and he was held in very high regard by them.