Private Edward Collingwood Wintle 15/999

Private Edward Collingwood Wintle

15/999

Born. Chesterfield, 1895.

Died. Kantara, Egypt, 9th February 1916.

Edward Collingwood Wintle was the youngest son of local solicitor T.G Wintle. Before war broke out Edward was working on the staff of the Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Company, at their Bradford office.

On the 4th September 1914, whilst living at “Hazlemere”, Tarn Villas, Ilkley He enlisted into the Leeds Pals. After training he served in Section 4, 9 Platoon of C Company, his Commanding Officer being Captain George Clifford Whittaker, and his Platoon Commanding Officer being 2nd/Lt George Emil St Brooksbank. He served with the “Pals” at Colsterdale, Ripon, Fovant and Egypt. On the 8th February 1916,when the battalion was on duty in the desert a party of men from 9 platoon, C Company had returned from patrol at point 80 and were cleaning their weapons, when Sergeant Joseph Prince. “Wintles” best friend accidentally shot him. He died later that night before the medical officer could reach him.

Private Wintles body was buried on the morning of the 9th February 1916. His body carried for burial by his “Pals”. Clifford Hollingworth in his diary wrote:

“I marched down from point 80 to attend the funeral, I had my bugle with me and I remember the Colonel ( Stead ) was in tears!. We sounded the last post!”

Private Wintle is buried in Kantara Military Cemetery, Egypt.

THE FIRST PAL TO DIE IN A THEATRE OF WAR.

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