Edward Westcott was born in 1897 in Bradford the son of Thomas Ball and Mary Jane, nee Hayes.Thomas was a journeyman tailor and the family moved around. They had 15 children but only eight survived. By 1901 they had moved to Bradford and were living at 48 Mount Street. In 1911 Thomas and Mary were at 22 Alexandra Road with their four youngest children. When Edward enlisted early in 1915 he was living at 45 Idle Road and employed by George Garnett of Greengates.
Edward enlisted as Private 65460 in the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers which was a regular army battalion in the 3rd Division. In November 1915 it was deployed to Salonika and in January 1917 was transferred to Egypt as a Garrison Battalion before returning to France to the Western Front. During the Second Battles of the Somme 1918 British Third and
Fourth Armies commenced offensive operations on the same ground over which the 1916 Battle of the Somme was fought. They made a deep advance but Edward was killed in action on the 1st September 1918 during the Battle of Bapaume. He was 21 years of age.Edward is buried in the H.A.C. Cemetery at Ecoust-St-Mein. Rows B C and D were made in August and September 1918 when
the ground had been recaptured by the 3rd Division after five months of enemy occupation.He left is effects to his mother Mary Jane, his father having died in 1916. She received £8.7.0d on the 9th of December 1918 and a War Gratuity of £15.0.0d on the 8th December 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks