Edward Firth, registered as John Edward, was born in 1897 in Yeadon, the fifth child of Charles Firth and Ada, nee Medley. By 1901 the family were living in Oakworth at 35 Brook Row they finally settled in Eccleshill and in 1911 were living at 94 Wharncliffe Drive. Edward, at 13 years, is employed as a mule piecer with part time school. When Edward enlisted he was living at No. 22 Wharncliffe Road.He enlisted on the 15th of November 1915 as a Private (number not known) in the 4th
Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. Edward’s Battalion was engaged in the Battles of the Somme 1916 at High Wood and then at the Battle of the Ancre capturing Beaumont Hamel. In 1917 the Battalion took part in the Arras Offensive and remained in the Cambrai area until the 21st March 1918 when the enemy launched an overwhelming attack and the Division engaged in the fighting withdrawal back to Bapaume.Edward was reported missing on
the 21st of March 1918. He was 20 years of age.Further records for Edward Firth or John Edward Firth do not exist. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have been contacted and they have shown concern for the fact that his grave or memorial is not recorded. There do not appear to be any Army records and the only place that his death is recorded is on the two Memorials in Eccleshill.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks