Our People - Edward Ainsworth
8 March 1917
#11336 Private Edward Ainsworth
6th (Service) Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
38th Brigade, 13th (Western) Division
Killed in action 8 March 1917, age 23
Basra Memorial, Iraq. Ref: Panel 7
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. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Edward also appears on the Walton-le-Dale St.Leonard's C.E. WW1 Plaque and the Walton-le-Dale Our Lady and St.Patricks R.C. Crucifix