Private 292637, 1st/6th Battalion Royal Highlanders.
Died of wounds 26th March 2918, age 24.
Buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, France.
Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.
Edmund was born at Sale in 1894 to Herman Heinrich and Anne Marie Gelier. His father was Jewish and born at Baden. His mother was born at Wurtemburg. Herman became a naturalised British citizen in 1903. Edmund attended Sale Grammar School and Giggleswick School and was an accomplished pianist. In June 1915 Edmund joined the University Officer Training Corps, left in September 1915 and enlisted in the Scottish Horse in November that year. He chose to adopt the surname of his Father’s first wife, Lucy Housley, on account of anti-german feelings prevalent in Britain at the time. By January 1917 he had transferred to the 1st/6th Battalion Royal Highlanders and was sent to the front. He was invalided home in April 1917 where he remained until January 1918. He was wounded on 21st March 1918 and died 5 days later at Field Hospital Sancourt, near Cambrai. There are some suggestions that he was a prisoner of war. He lefts effects worth £66 to Herman Henry Geiler.