Edward Branson was born in Bradford in 1878 the son of Thomas Branson and Martha, nee Kershaw. Thomas was born in Wigton in Leicestershire and Martha in Bradford. They were married in Dewsbury in 1862 and they had five surviving children, Edward being the youngest. In 1881 the family were living at 61 Sticker Lane and Thomas was working a horse driver. Ten years later they had moved to No. 157 Sticker Lane. Thomas was now working as a labourer in a foundry
and Edward at 12 years old was working as a box maker. The family were still living at 157 Sticker Lane in 1901. Thomas is now working as an agricultural labourer and Edward has progressed to being a board packing case maker.On the 15th August 1908 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, Edward married Mary Ann Naylor, 27 years old, of 11 Fagley Road, daughter of Joseph Naylor, Quarryman. Edward and Mary took up residence at 7 Fagley Road.
Edward enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders on the 15th October 1915 as Private 4377 and at this time was living at 17 Fagley Road.On the 7th January 1916 the 4th Battalion transferred to the 152nd Brigade of the 51st Highland Division. This Division was involved in fighting near Givenchy when Edward was killed in action on the 18th June 1916. He was 35 years of age. Edward is buried at the Louez
Military Cemetery, Duisans, which was taken over by the 51st Highland Division as a “front line cemetery” in March 1916 with burials being made from the 8th Clearing Station.Edward’s effects of £3. 11. 11d were left to his widow Mary Ann and paid to her on the 8th September 1916 and his War Gratuity of £3. 0. 0d on the 4th September 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.