Private Edward James Backlog

Edward James Backlog of the 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, son of John Edward and Sarah Ann Backlog, of 30, Bury Rd., Thetford, he was still living there at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted at Bourne in Lincolnshire in September 1914 and was in France by the 11th November 1914. Such an early arrival overseas suggests that he probably had previous military experience and as he was 37 years old when he died, this would seem to be a distinct possibility. He was perhaps a time-expired regular with the Lincolnshire Regiment, although in the absence of a service record this must remain conjecture for the time being.

Edward was killed in action on the 16th June 1915 at Bellewaarde, Ypres. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

Kind permission of Derek Robertson