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2nd Lieutenant, 12th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action on 7th July 1916, age approx. 26.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

Eric, born at Leytonstone in 1890, was the eldest son of A. Kinglsey of Bedford. He was educated at Bedford Grammar School where he gained his First Eight colours and coxed the team against Colchester. At the outbreak of war he had a timber and paper business and in February 1915 he married Kathryn Mary Holroyd.

Eric was a cadet at school and a member of the Manchester University Officer Training Corps between 1911 and 1912. He was gazetted in November 1914. In August 1915 he was wounded at St. Eloi and rejoined his battalion in February 1916. He was again wounded, this time in the arm, while leading his men on 7th July 1916 and was reported to have not been seen again after leaving the fighting to get treatment at an aid post. His Major commented that he was “a most keen officer and full of pluck; he will be a great loss to us.”

Effects worth £1498 18s 9d were left to August Christian Ludwig Kingsley, a paper merchant.