Edgar Murgatroyd was born in 1891, the son of publican Albert and Miranda, nee Coe. In 1896 Miranda died aged 31 years. Albert immediately remarried to Caroline Rider.Albert died in 1905 aged 41 years and by 1911 the family were living at 91 Harrogate Road, Eccleshill and Edgar at 19 years of age is a warehouseman.On the 11th of December 1912 at St Mary Laisterdyke, Edgar married Sylvia Butler who was 20 years of age, a drawer of 16 Kimberley Street and the daughter of William Butler, a warp dresser. They had one daughter Ethel who
was born in Bradford in 1913. When Edgar enlisted he was still living at 91 Harrogate Road and he was employed by E G Williams and Co. Stuff and Woollen Merchants in Church Bank.Edgar enlisted around November 1915 as Gunner 134861 in the 92nd Battery of the 17th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. His Regiment arrived on the
Western Front in September 1916 but his unit did not take part in any major battle. In January 1917 he contracted bronchitis and on the 9th of February 1917 he was transferred to a sick convoy on the 7th ambulance train. On recovery he returned to the Western Front, went down with Trench Feet and was returned home to recover. On his return to the Western Front his 29th Division was involved in the Battles of Ypres and took part in the Battle of Langemarck from the 16th of 18th
August 1917 and he was killed in action on the 22nd of August 1917 at a time when no major offensive was taking place. He was 26 years of age.He was buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery a front line cemetery in Belgium. At the time of the armistice it contained 141 graves of which 42 belonged to the Royal Artillery.He left his effects to his widow Sylvia who received £3.15.2d on the 19th of January 1918 and a War Gratuity of £5.10.0d on the 1st November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks