Edward Baines was born in June 1887 at Force Forge, Satterthwaite, Ulverston, Cumberland and baptized on 10th July 1887. His parents were Egton Cum Newland born general labourer John Baines and his Bootle, Cumberland born wife Hannah (nee Myers). They had 10 children 5 boys and 5 girls with Edward being their 10th and last.
His mother died aged 41 in 1888 when Edward was aged 1.
In June 1890 in Argyle Street, Ulverston an Arthur Stanley Jefferson was born and lived there a short while. John Baines may have known the Jeffersons and their children. Stanley later became Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy Fame.
The 1891 Census shows Edward aged 3 still living at Force Forge, Satterthwaite, Ulverston with his widowed father shown as a Wood Carter and eldest sibling, his sister Jane aged 20 as the Housekeeper with the other siblings.
The 1901 Census shows Edward as aged 15 and a scholar at the same address and family set up.
By 1911 Census Edward is shown as working as a General Farm Labourer at Beck Side, Colton.
In the September quarter of 1913 he marries Ulverston born Dorothy Maggie Hird in Ulverston and on 21 July 1914 their son, Allan, is born in Ulverston.
In September 1914 Edward enlisted in Dalton as Private. 23556 into the Royal Lancaster Regiment. Sometime in 1917 he is transferred into the 18th (Pals) Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 49217.
On 26th April 1918 he was killed in action.
The Battalion diary gives an insight into the events of the day:
4am Battalion left OTTAWA CAMP and took up defensive positions in farmhouse (MILLE KAPELLEKEN FM) Companies dug in. Area shelled during the day with 150 cm & H.V. guns & enemy planes were active.
7pm Battalion withdrew to OTTAWA CAMP. Trenches shelled as Coys were moving off.
1 O.R. Killed
Edward was the Other Rank referred to and he is commemorated with a CWGC military headstone at Perth Cemetery, Zillebeke V1 J 8 Belgium.
A Pension was paid to his son Allan until his 16th birthday at 1 Atkinson Yard, Dalton in Furness.
His Widow Dorothy remarried in June quarter of 1921 to John Rowlandson They have 2 girls and a boy.
Edward is remembered on the War Memorial at All Saints Church, Satterthwaite.
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