Izzard, Edgar. Died 13th May 1915

Edgar Izzard’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1895 in Rugby. He was baptised on 5 January 1896 at St Mark’s Church, Bilton.

In 1901 he was aged 6 and the family was living at 43 Bridget Street.   His father William was born in 1852 and was a Stationery Engine Driver. His mother Harriett (née Duckett) was born in 1857. His siblings were Ethel aged 21, Amy aged 16, Horace aged 12 and Dennis aged 1.

In 1911, Edgar now a painter aged 16, was still living with the family at 43 Bridget Road Rugby. His father was an “Engineer, Grinding Cement”.   His sisters Ethel 31 and brothers Horace 21 and Dennis 11 were also living at home. His sister Amy had married in 1905.

Sadly Edgar’s father William died in the third quarter of 1913 aged 61.

Edgar joined the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own) as Private Z/758. On his Medal card, the date of disembarkation to war in France, was stated as 11 January 1915. During his short service he was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star Medals.

It is known that the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade was involved in the Battle of Auber’s Ridge on 9 May 1915 and it is likely that he was wounded on that day and subsequently died on 13 May. He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate, panel 46, 48 and 50 (see below), as were other Rugby men who served with the Rifle Brigade at Auber’s Ridge.

Izzard pic 1

Edgar is remembered on the Grave Registration Document of the Commonwealth War Graves:

Izzard pic 2

The UK Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects found on Ancestry.co.uk shows that in 1919/20 his mother was awarded £3 as a war gratuity.




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