Our People - Edward Ainsworth
11336 Private Edward Ainsworth
6th (Service) Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) - 38th Brigade, 13th (Western) Division
Killed in action 08/03/1917, age 23
Basra Memorial, Iraq. Ref: Panel 7
Walton-le-Dale - St.Leonard's C.E. WW1 Plaque
Walton-le-Dale - Our Lady and St.Patricks R.C. Crucifix
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
British War Medal, Victory Medal
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Edward Ainsworth was born c. 1894 in Goosnargh to Mary-Ann Ainsworth and her late husband. In 1911 he was living with his mother at 23 Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, and his three sisters and two brothers, Mary Alice (31) born Preston - who has no listed trade or occupation, but seems to have been helping her mother at home, Ann born Claughton (25) a weaver. Christopher (20) born Goosnargh a labourer, Joseph (14) a worker born Goosnargh (who was also to die from the effects of the war) and Winnifred (10), born Walton-le-Dale. Edward was employed as a weaver.
At the time of his death, the 6th Battalion K.O.R.L. was at the Diyala river advancing on Baghdad, so it is to be assumed that he met his death in this operation.
The following is an extract from the official despatch of General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude, commander of the Tigris Corps from July 1916, concerning the crossing and passage of the Diyala River:
You can read more of Maude's despatch at firstworldwar.com.
Edward's mother was paid a War Gratuity of £3. 0. 0.
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Published 7 October 2016
1911 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / Soldiers Died in the Great War via Ancestry.co.uk / WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 via Ancestry.co.uk / firstworldwar.com - The capture of Baghdad / firstworldwar.com - Sir Frederick Maude on Operations Leading to the Fall of Baghdad, December 1916-March 1917 / King's Own Royal Regiment Museum Lancaster