Edgar Ainley (1908-1944)

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Edgar Ainley was born on 6 November 1908, the son of cotton spinner Tom Henry Ainley and his wife Clara (née Noble).

At the time of the 1911 Census, the Ainley family was living at 34 Whiteley Bottom, Milnsbridge.

He married Nellie Puckering[1] in 1934. By 1939, they were living at 13 Minerva Street, Cowlersley, and Edgar was working at a woollen weaver.

He was killed in action in Italy on 12 May 1944.


Huddersfield Examiner (29/May/1944):

Cowlersley Fusilier’s Death

Official intimation has been received by Mrs. E. Ainley, 13 Mirerva Street, Cowlersley, that her husband, Fusilier Edgar Ainley, has been killed in action in the Central Mediterranean Area.

Thirty-five years of age, he was the only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. T. H. Ainley, 757 Manchester Road, Milnsbridge. He was educated at New Street Council School, Milnsbridge, and before joining the Army three years ago he was employed by Messrs. Ben Hall and Son, Ltd., Milnsbridge.

Fusilier Ainley, who went abroad in September of last year, was a member of Broad Oak Bowling Club and the County Bowling Club, Milnsbridge.


AINLEY — In May, 1944, on active service. Fslr. Edgar Ainley, beloved husband of Nellie Ainley, 13 Minerva Street, Cowlersley, and only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. T. H. Ainley, 757 Manchester Road, aged 35 years.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Born 30 January 1911.