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    1914-1918 First World War Centenary

    9 November 2018


    Edgar Brettell Causer was born 17 May 1896, the only son of Alice and Walter Causer, from Melbourne, Australia.  His mother died at the end of 1897 and in 1901 4-year-old Edgar,  and his father were living at  4, York Place, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, with a Governess/Housekeeper (Domestic) listed in their household.  His father, was a salesman of artificial flowers and feathers. By 1911 they had moved to 24 St Marys Road Crumpsall, Manchester and his father had remarried.  There do not seem to have been other siblings in the family.

    Edgar attended Manchester Grammar School before entering Harper Adams Agricultural College, aged 17, on 9 October 1913, for the Certificate course. His name is recorded in the register for Autumn term 1914 but not the Spring term 1915.

    He served with "C" Coy. 1st/6th Bn., Manchester Regiment (251253) and died on 27 September 1918, age 22

    He is remembered with honour at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery (VII. E. 19.),-edgar-brettell/

    Flesquieres village, France was attacked by the 51st (Highland) Division, with tanks, on the 20th November 1917, in the Battle of Cambrai, but held for a time by a German officer with a few men; it was captured on the 21st. It was lost in the later stages of the battle, and retaken by the 3rd Division on the 27th September 1918, the same date recorded for the death of Edgar Causer.  There are now over 900, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site





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