HUSTINGS, Edward Pte. 15653

Edward Hustings

Edward Hustings

Edward Hustings is sometimes spelt Hastings and his first name changed to Edmund or Eddie. He was born in Chorley in 1895 living at 14 Railway Road in 1901. The 1911 Census had him recorded as “Edmund”, living at 30 Beaconsfield Terrace with his father Alfred, mother Mary Agnes and younger sister Mary Ellen.

At the time of enlisting in 1914, he worked as a Labourer at Smith’s Mineral Water Co. and lived at 30 Beaconsfield Terrace, attending St. Joseph’s Church.

He was wounded in August 1917 when the Pals were in the front line trenches north-west of Arras. Whilst convalescing from his wounds in hospital, he read in a local paper sent to him that Private F.V. Moulding from Wallets Road in Chorley was badly wounded and being treated in the same hospital; he sought him out and wrote to his parents for him. After treatment, Edward was transferred to the 2nd / 4th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment as Private 203531 and taken Prisoner by the Germans on the 18th May 1918.

After the war, Edward married Lillian Howarth at Chorley in 1920; they had two daughters.

Other Information: F.V. Moulding was Private 200286 Frederick Victor Moulding of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; he lived at no. 40 Wallets Road.