Private Edward Hopkin 15/475

Private Edward Hopkin


Born. 1893, Bulwell, Notts.

Died of Wounds 29th May 1916.

Edward (Ted) Hopkin, was the youngest son of Elisha and Catherine Hopkin. They had five children, two older sons and two daughters, one older and one younger than Ted. The family home at the outbreak of the war was 23, Roundhay View, Leeds. Ted attended Trinity Presbyterian Church at Harehills Avenue, Leeds (now Trinity United Reformed Church) where he was a member of the choir and also the sunday school treasurer.

He was employed at the time of emlistmemt as a travelling salesman for Messrs. J.A. France and Son of Newcastle.

He joined the Pals on 4/9/1914 and served as a battalion military policeman with Section 15, 16 Platoon, D Company. His Platoon officer was Lt. J.G. Vause.

He served with the Pals at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.

Whilst in the forward trenches at Beaumont Hamel on the 23rd of May 1916, he was severely wounded and had to have his right arm amputated. He died of gas gangrene infection at Abbeville base hospital six days later.

His brother Frank and another brother David were both serving with the Royal Engineers, Frank at that time a Sgt, at the front in France and David in Egypt.

Frank kept a diary and the following are extracts from the time his brother was wounded and died:

22nd May 1916

To Acheux and Bas try and find Ted. Pals in line.

29th May 1916

To Acheux and Merie, look for Ted. under shellfire. Found Pals. Ted wounded and evacuated. Saw Dr who dressed him. 2 gunshot wounds right arm (amputated) and buttock, severe shock, Base Hos. Ted died Abbeville today. Gas gangrene in wounds.

6th June 1916

Received last letter from Ted written May 20th and posted 92nd Brigade June 4.

13th August 1916

M/cycled Abbeville to visit Ted's grave.

Frank and David both survived the war. Frank was in France the whole time and finished 72693 CQMS Hopkin F M, 4th Army Signal Company RE, Wireless Section. He was awarded the MSM.

David was with the RE Signals Section in Egypt and ended as Staff Sgt. 148150.

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