An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. PS/1391 Corporal, 24th (Reserve) Battalion,
Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment).

Born 24 April 1878,
Died 27 December 1915, aged 37 years.

Buried in Grantham Cemetery, Grantham,
Lincolnshire, Grave 6.S.37.

His battalion was a home service battalion based at Belton Park Camp near Grantham at the time of his death. An inquest following his death at the Soldiers’ House, Chapel Street, Grantham, revealed that Corporal Hornsby died of a cerebral haemorrhage. The exact circumstances of this are not known.

Edgar Hornsby was the son of James and Annie Hornsby of 6, Henry Street, Coatham. Like Joseph Hird (q.v.) his father was a coal merchant, who paid to send Edgar and his older brother Bertram to Coatham Grammar School as day boys. Bertram became a bank clerk on leaving school. Edgar also had a younger brother, Grainger, and a younger sister Annie. Edgar was 13 years old when he joined the school in January 1892 and was 15 years old when he left after four terms in April 1893. At the time of the 1911 Census, the exact whereabouts of Edgar and his brothers is not known, although Annie was then living at home as her widowed father’s housekeeper. Edgar’s occupation on leaving school is not known but his Army enlistment papers, dated 20 January 1915, state that he was a clerk, was unmarried, and was living at 8, Bridge Street, Withington, Manchester.