Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Edgar William Sidney DAMEN

Rifleman 592885

16th Battalion London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)

Killed in Action 7th April 1917 aged 26

Born in 1891, in Weymouth, the son of Edward and Phyllis, they lived at 29 Chelmsford Street, Weymouth.  He had two brothers Walter and Victor and a sister Lily.  His father was the local coal merchant and Edgar himself described his occupation as an outfitters porter.  In August1911 he married Eliza Longsdail in Weymouth.  They moved to Stanstead Abbotts sometime after that as Edgar was living with Eliza in South Street.

Edgar joined the Army and was posted to the 18th Battalion London Regiment, the London Irish Rifles. By April 1917 Edgar’s unit was involved in the 3rd Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele as it is now commonly called.

On the night of April 7th 1917, the unit’s war diary states that the Battalion carried out a minor assault at 8.00pm. Their objectives were carried out successfully, but due to the bad state of the ground in no man’s land there was a delay in withdrawing and the troops came under heavy artillery fire, it was during this assault that Edgar was killed,although the war diary makes no mention of British casualties only that 18 prisoners were taken and many of the enemy were killed.

Edgar’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial along with 54986 names with no known grave who died in the Ypres sector at the Menin Gate.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal