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Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project. Edward Harold Brittain was born on 30 November and baptised on 27 December 1895 at St Michael's Church Macclesfield.. He was the son of Edith Mary and Thomas Arthur Brittain, a paper manufacturer, and brother of Vera Brittain, author of Testament of Youth. The family lived in Macclesfield and Buxton, before moving to Kensington, London.
On 8 July 1916 the Macclesfield Courier reported that Edward Brittain had been wounded:
LIEUT E H BRITTAIN – Mr T A Brittain, of Sunnybank, Upton, has received intimation this week that his only son, Lieutenant Edward Harold Brittain, of the Sherwood Foresters, was wounded at the battle of the Somme on Saturday, and is now in hospital in France. Our readers will probably remember that for many years, up to ten years ago, Mr and Mrs Brittain resided at Glenbank, Chester Road, where their son, Lieutenant Brittain, was born. Some ten years ago they went to reside in Derbyshire, and recently returned to Macclesfield. Lieutenant Brittain received his commission in November, 1915, and he has been on active service since February last.
The death of Captain Brittain was reported in the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal on 28 June 1918:
A SHERWOOD OFFICER: Captain Edward Harold Brittain, M.C., Sherwood Foresters, who was killed on June 15th, aged 22, was the only son of Mr and Mrs T A Brittain, of 10 Oakwood Court, Kensington, formerly of Melrose, Buxton. He went to France in February 1916 and was wounded on July 1st of that year, at the Battle of the Somme, on which occasion he was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and leadership. He returned to France on June 30th 1917 and saw considerable fighting in the Passchendaele Offensive. In November of the same year his battalion was sent with the first British Expeditionary Force to another front, where he was killed in a recent important engagement.
Information source: Macclesfield Reflects website:
- Conflict - World War I
- Burial Place - Granezza British Cemetery, Plot 1 Row B Grave 1
- Birth Place - Macclesfield
- Other Memorials - Uppingham School Old Boys, WW1 Roll of Honour.