Edgar Jiggle was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 1897 his birth was registered in Rugby District in the March quarter of 1897, reference 6d 602.
He was the son of William Jiggle and Elizabeth Kettle. William was born in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire in 1860, Elizabeth was born in 1862, in Swayfield, Lincolnshire. Their marriage is registered in the June quarter of 1891 at Maidstone,Kent reference 2a 1130.
In the 1911 census Edgar is shown living with his parents at 106, Wood Street, Rugby, William is a Shoemaker, as his father had been. The family is at the same address and William a Shoemaker in the Rugby Almanac of 1914. His brother Albert is a Boot maker, living with his wife and 2 daughters at 4, School Street, Rugby in the 1911 Census.
Edgar was the 3rd child, and had 4 sisters: Dora, Gertrude, Ena and Nellie, and 3 brothers: Leslie, Harry and Percy.
He signed on as Private 2 806 for the 9th Battalion of The Royal Warwickshire,Regiment. The papers have not survived so the actual date is not known.
The 9th (Service) Battalion was formed as part of Army Order 324 of 21/08/1914, which ordered the formation of six new Divisions of K1. The Battalion was assigned to the 39th Brigade, which in turn came under the administration of the 13th Western Division.
The volunteers assembled on Salisbury Plain for initial training and then went to Basingstoke in January 1915 and then moved to Blackdown in February.
After further training, orders were given on 7/6/1915 to move to the Mediterranean. The first transports left for Alexandria, Egypt on 13 June and by 14 July, all Units had moved to Mudros, Gallipoli. Between the 6th and 16th July the Infantry landed on Cape Hellas in the Dardenelles Peninsula, relieving the 29th Division.
At the end of July the entire Division returned to Mudros. Between the 3rd and 5th August, the 13th Division landed at ANZAC Cove, named after the combined Australian and New Zealand Force. The cove is on the Asian side of the Straits and is overlooked by the peak of Sair Bair at 971 feet and was controlled by the Turkish Forces. On 31st July the opposition positions were subjected to a heavy bombardment by the British guns. The battle for Sair Bair took place between the 6th and 10th August with the 13th Division suffering casualties of 12,656 men killed or wounded.
Edgar died on the last day of this battle 10th August, 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Canakkle, Turkey.
He was awarded 3 War medals posthumously, Victory, British and 15 Star, as shown on his Medal Card, which has survived.
His cousin, Cyril Victor Jiggle, the son of his father’s brother, Thomas, joined up as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. He was a telegraphist and served in Mesopotamia (Iraq). He died on 31/5/1918 and is remembered on the memorial in Baghdad.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM