Lance/Corporal Richard Eddlestone
1470 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died 13th November 1915, aged 21
Lived at 37 Red Lion Street
Buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Cemetery, Egypt
St Peters Memorial, Burnley
Burnley Express 1/12/1915 - 4/12/1915



Richard Edlestone (CWGC record R Eddleston) was born at Great Harwood. He lived in Red Lion Street and enlisted at Padiham and served as Lance Corporal 1470 in the 1st/5th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment (Territorials) and died of enteric fever aged 21 on Saturday 13th November 1915. He is buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt in grave A 11.

The Burnley Express of December 1st 1915
“ Mrs Eddleston of 37 Red Lion Street , Burnley has received official notification from the war office of the death of her son Lce Corporal Richard Eddleston, from dysentery, while sailing from the Dardenelles to Alexandria. Lce Corporal Eddleston was only 21years of age and unmarried. He was in the 5th East Lancashire Regiment having served with the local Territorials since being 17 years of age. He was a miner employed at Calder Street, Altham, and formerly a scholar at Mount Sion Sunday School, Great Harwood. He was the only son left at home, and his death comes as a great blow to the family among whom he was held in especial regard. His brother Thomas, of the same regiment is in hospital at Alexandria suffering from while his brother in law, Sergt. James Hanson, of the 3rd East Lancashire Regiment (regulars) has been recently severely wounded in France.”

Richard was also commemorated on the Pickup Croft Sunday School Memorial which was dedicated on 16th September 1922. Pickup Croft was a mission church of St Peter’s Parish and was also used as an Infant School.





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