William Edward Eldred

Name: William Edward Eldred

1886 - 26th September 1915

Place of Birth: Spittlegate, Grantham

Occupation: Midland Railway Worker, St Pancras

Division: 24th Division

Regiment: 8th Battalion, TheBuffs (East Kent Regiment)

Rank: Sergeant

Commemerated: Panel 15 to 19, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, Nord, France


Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: Aimee Sheehan

William Eldred has previously served 7 years in the army including a period overseas.  He then lived in St Pancras

He was recalled from the reserve and joined and the 8th battalion of The Buffs, a New Army (Kitchener) Battalion, which landed in France on 31 August 1915.

During the Battle of Loos he was posted as missing on 26 September 1915, however the War Office did not confirm his death until nearly a year later.

During that time his widow lived with her sister Maud Hartwell (see Charles Hartwell) in the Close Arlesey, which indicates why he is shown on the Arlesey memorial. 

Her daughter Rene was born 6 month after the death of her father.

William Eldred is also recorded on the Midland Railway Memorial, Derby. 


William Edward Eldred

William was born in 1889 in Spittlegate, Grantham in Lincolnshire. His father was Thomas Eldred and his mother was Sarah Eldred. He had at least 3 sisters and a brother called Robert. Within two years (by the time of the 1891 Census) the family had moved to the Radford area of Nottingham.

By 1911 his father had died and his mother and elder brother Robert had moved to Chapel Lane, Hoby in Leicestershire. Robert worked on the railways. William also worked on the railways, although by the start of WW1 William was living in St. Pancras in London. He married Evaline Matthews in Brighton at the end of 1914.

William had been in the army reserves and he was called up and joined the 8th Battalion the East Kent Regiment (also called The Buffs) at St. Pancras and was sent to France on the 31st August, 1915.

The Buffs were fighting in the Calais area of France at the time, and were part of the Battle of Loos. The battle had 6 divisions of men involved and it started on September the 25th. At the time the battle was called “the Big Push”. A lot of soldiers died on the first day, but the British were able to get quite close to enemy positions. However after being stuck in the trenches overnight close to the village of Verdin le Vieil, and being attacked by enemy snipers, the battalion were ordered to retreat late in the morning of the 26th September 1915. They lost 12 officers and 165 other ranks of men that day; William was one of them. Unfortunately he was listed as missing in action for a year before actually being confirmed as having died. William was only 26 when he died, he had been in France for 27 days. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British war Medal and the Victory Medal.

William’s wife Evaline had a daughter, Rene, a few months after his death. She was staying with her sister in Arlesey at the time William went missing, and for a while afterwards (before going home to Euston, London) and that is why he is on our War Memorial.

He is also listed on Stone number 15 at Loos Memorial Cemetery and also the War Memorial at Hoby, Leicestershire.

William Edward Eldred              

William Eldred was born in 1989 in Spittlegate in Grantham to Thomas and Sarah Eldred.

William served in the army for 7 years before living in ST Pancras where he worked on the midland railway before WW1.

He was recalled from the reserves and joined the 24th division of the 8th batallion of the buffs- East Kent regiment – Sergeant William Edward Eldred had the service number G/1752. William was husband to Evaline Eldred and they lived in Euston, London.

When the Buffs landed in France on the 31st of August 1915 they fought in what was called the battle of LOOS. On the 26th of  September 1915 the battle was fierce, sergeant William Edward Eldred was posted as missing in action. On that day his battalion lost 12 officers and 16 other ranking soldiers. His death was only confirmed after almost a year after the posting of being missing.

William`s wife had his daughter –Rene- who was born 6 months after Williams death . As Evaline stayed in Arlesey at the time he went missing in service his name appeared on the Arlesey war memorial ,and also on the  Midland railway memorial in Derby and the memorial stones at the LOOS memorial cemetery.


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