Edgar Priestley (1891-1919)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

PRIESTLEY, EDGAR, MM. Sergeant. No 241414. 'D' Company, 5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born 6 Haugh's Road, Quarmby, Huddersfield, 15.4.1891. Son of A. E. and Mary A. Priestley, 23 Clara Street, Fartown. Educated Oakes Board School and Huddersfield Higher Grade School. Employed as a textile designer and foreman. At the time of enlistment was living at Brimscombe near Stroud, Gloucestershire. Single. Enlisted November 1915. Embarked for France on 11.1.1917. Followed the German retreat from the Somme to the Hindenburg Line. Was in the battles of Bullecourt, Cambrai, Achiet-le-Petit, and the Rheims forest, practically fighting to the Armistice as a Lewis Gunner and was an instructor in the Army of Occupation until 1.4.1919. Was awarded the Military Medal on 12.1.1918 for "bravery in the field. During the Battle of Cambrai, on 22.11.1917, was in charge of his Company when all the Officers were out of action. Held on for 48 hours against heavy odds till relieved and took a large amount of prisoners". After being demobilised he reached home on 7.4.1919. He must have caught a chill on the way home and died of pneumonia at 32 Clara Street, Fartown, on 14.4.1919, aged 27 years. Buried SALENDINE NOOK BAPTIST CHURCH 114E.
ROH:- Oakes Baptist Church; Fartown and Birkby War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.


Huddersfield Daily Examiner (04/Jan/1918):

Sergeant Edgar Priestley (26), of the Duke of Wellington's, has been awarded the Military Medal for saving the situation at one point in the Cambrai advance with his prompt use of the Lewis gun. His brother, Lance-Sergeant Hubert Priestley (23), has been given a bar to the Military Medal which he had previously won, for successfully leading men who had never been in action before. The latter was badly wounded in both arms, and is in hospital. They are the younger sons of Mr. A. E. Priestley, of 23, Clara Street, Fartown. whose eldest son, Gunner Ernest Priestley (31), is serving with the R.F.A. in this country. Before the war the latter was a designer with Mr. P. C. Evans, of Stroud, and Sergeant E. Priestley was a foreman in the employ of the same firm. Lance-Sergeant H. Priestley was learning the business with Messrs. Crowther Bros., of Milnsbridge.