Buried: Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy
Address: 55 Mount Avenue, Eccleshill
Parents: Albert & Annie, nee Shackleton
Spouse: Ada, nee Hollings
Siblings: Florrie, Elsie, Ethel
Occupation: Pavior, Bradford Council
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s
Children: Stanley, Irene, Edmund Timothy
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Edgar Wilman was born on the 25th of October 1887, the son of Albert and Annie, nee Shackleto.The family were living in Manchester Road, Bradford when Edgar was born. By 1911 they had moved to 875 Bolton Road and Edgar as a pavior for Bradford Corporation.On the 7th of October 1911 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, the bans were read for Edgar Wilman, bachelor of the parish of St Chrysostom, Bolton Road, and Ada Hollings of St Luke’s parish. When Edgar enlisted the family were living at 55 Mount Avenue
and three children had been born, Stanley in 1912, Irene in 1913 and Edmund Timothy in 1914.Edmund enlisted sometime after July 1916 as Private 780704 in ‘B’ Battery, 311th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. On the 15th of April 1917 the 311th Battalion was allocated to the X111 Corps and took part in the Arras Offensive from the 9th of April to the 16th of June 1917.
Edgar was killed in action on the 17th of April 1917. He was 29 years of age and had only been four months on the Western Front. His wife Ada received a letter from Major Mackenzie who said “His loss is mourned by all ranks in the Battery and all the Officers and NCOs and men wish to express their deep sympathy in your sad bereavement. It may help you to know that his death must have been absolutely painless and
unknown to him. Two others suffered the same fate and six more were wounded at the same time.”Edgar is buried in the Bailleul Road East Cemetery at St Laurent-Blangy, the village falling into British hands on the first day of the Battle of Arras and the cemetery was begun in April 1917. Every year of the war is represented here but more particularly the last nine months of 1917.Edgar left his effects to his widow Ada who received £2.16.1d on the 5th September 1917 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 6th November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks