CROSS, EDWARD 735 Sergeant ‘A’ Coy 1/4th Battalion T.F. 154th Bde 51st Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted and Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  15th June 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Weekly News 17th April 1915

A pretty khaki wedding took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Leyland, on Saturday afternoon last when the contracting parties were Sgt. Edward Cross of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and Miss Marcella Magan of Cleator Moor, Whitehaven. The Rev. Fr. Gibbons officiated. A large number of friends greeted the couple on leaving the church. Sgt. Cross rejoined the regiment on Monday.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 26th June 1915

On Wednesday (23rd) a letter dated Sunday (20th) was received from his friend Pte J. Holland of the same battalion, stating that Cross was killed the previous Tuesday (15th). The same morning a letter was received from Capt. E. H. Booth of the 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancs., Territorials, by the wife of Sgt Cross as follows:-

“I very much regret to have to inform you of the death of your husband Sgt Cross. He died last

Tuesday evening in the charge, gallantly leading his men. As a man told me at the time, he died the death of a hero. He will be greatly missed here in the Company, as he was liked by all. The only consolation I can offer you is that he died in the service of his King and Country, and no more can any man do.

Please accept my very deepest sympathy in your great loss, and believe me,

Yours Sincerely,   E. H. Booth, Captain.”

Sergeant Cross was connected with St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Leyland, and had been an officer in the Lads Brigade. He was married on April 10th last, celebrating his birthday the previous day. He was 27 years of age and had been in the Leyland Territorials about five years.

Lancashire Daily Post Sat. 26th June 1915

Reports Edward Cross’s death as in the Chorley Guardian, but adds that he was of No. 11, Wellington View, Hough Lane, Leyland.

In an item headed ‘Roll of Honour’, the deaths were reported of several other 1/4th Battalion men who died in the recent fighting.

Sgt Cross’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Edward Cross’s name is on the:-

LE TOURET MEMORIAL, FRANCE

Grave Ref: The names of the men of the Loyal North Lancs. are on Panel Nos. 27 and 28. His date of death is given as 16th June 1915.

The Le Touret Memorial is at the east end of the Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Béthune-Armentières main road.

Leyland St. Mary’s Marriage Register

10th April 1915 Married: Edward Cross of 11 Wellington Terrace and Marcella Magan of Brynn.

Note 1:- Although the records are at variance as to the date of Edw. Cross’s death – ‘Soldiers Died’ has it as 6th June 1915, and the C.W.G.C. as 16th June – it is quite clear from Captain E. H. Booth’s letter – and also from that of Sgt. Cross’s friend, Pte J. Holland – that he died on Tuesday, the 15th of June. The 51st (Highland) Division, of which the 1/4th Loyals was at that time a part, was engaged on June 15/16th, 1915 in the ‘Second Action of Givenchy.’

Note 2:- The Chorley Guardian of June 26th, 1915  giving details of this engagement where the 1/4th Loyals took heavy casualties – includes a letter dated June 18th from Pte George Irving of Leyland Lane, saying ‘I am glad to report all the Leyland Lane lads are safe except E. Bretherton and R. Wallbank wounded, but not very bad. Sgt Cross from Leyland was killed about 27 yards from me. Our boys were very cool under such heavy fire. We (his brother John and himself) are safe and sound.’

Note 3:- After the re-numbering of Hough Lane in 1936, as part of the re-numbering of Leyland, No. 11, Wellington View became the present day No. 21 Hough Lane.

Note 4:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Cross, Edward. WE Waring 2003