Thursday, 18 June 2015

Halstead, Edward - Private (26832)

Private Edward Halstead
11th Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action
11th August 1916
Age 31
Buried St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'avque.

Newspaper Report:

Mr. and Mrs. William Halstead, of 12 Parkinson Street, Haslingden, have received official intimation of the death of their eldest son Private Edward Halstead, of the East Lancashire Regt., who on August 11th was killed in action "Somewhere in France."  The deceased, who was 31 years of age, joined the Army on April 8th of this year, and about six weeks ago was home on short leave.  Immediately after the haslingden holidays he was sent out to the front, and met a hero's death within a week of his arrival. He was formerly a weaver at Vine Grove Mill, and was a member of the Weavers Union committee.  He was associated with Haslingden Parish Church and Schools, and was greatly esteemed by all who knew him.  Private E. Haworth, one of his pals, has written a sympathetic letter to the bereaved mother, stating that her son was killed instantaneously by shell and that he did not suffer.  He states that he was a good pal, and won the respect of the company.  His younger brother, Private Harry Halstead, who went out with the East Lancashire Territorials early in the war, was wounded at the Dardanelles and lost his right eye.

2)  At the Haslingden Parish Church on Sunday last, the Rev. A. Winfield, vicar of Helmshore, conducted a memorial service to the late Private Edward Halstead, of the East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action in France on August 11th, under circumstances previously reported in the "Guardian."  The service was attended by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Halstead, of 12, Parkinson Street, Haslingden, and by the family, including Private Harry Halstead, a younger brother of the deceased.  The preacher paid a high tribute to the courage and devotion of the soldier hero.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of Private Edward Halstead, East Lancashire Regt., beloved son of William and Susan Halstead, of 12 Parkinson Street, Haslingden, who was killed in action, August 11th, 1916, aged 31.

"He sleeps beside his comrades,
In a hallowed grave not known, 
But his memory is written with love,
In the hearts he has left at home."

From his sorrowing Father and Mother, Brother and Sisters.

"Change is our portion here,
And spring flowers bloom and die;
Still faithful is Jehovah's word,
I will be with you saith the Lord."

"Our loss - his gain."

From Miss Collinge, Rawtenstall.