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kayley2Edward Ernest Kayley (known as Ernie) was born in Preston on 10th November 1896.  He was the son of William and Rachel Kayley of 258 St Pauls Rd, Preston. By 1911, fourteen year old Ernie had left school and was working as a house painter. The family later moved to Ashton-on-Ribble.

Ernie enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 26th April* 1916 and was given the number 23998.  It wasn’t long before he was sent to France as a reinforcement following heavy losses on the Somme.

Less than six months after he had enlisted, Ernie was reported to be missing in action. His parents placed the following request for information about their son in the Preston Guardian on 30th September 1916.



Luckily, Ernie hadn’t been killed, but had been wounded and taken as a prisoner of war. The following newspaper article explains;


Ernie was later repatriated to England. He was discharged due to wounds on 12th June 1918 and given the Silver War Badge number 413130.

In the early 1920’s Private Kayley would receive the British War Medal and Victory medal in recognition of his contribution during the War.

Edward Ernest Kayley died in the Blackpool & Flyde district  in mid- 1976.

Unfortunately information is limited as his service papers appear to have been destroyed.

*Newspaper clipping incorrectly gives enlistment date as 10th May.

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One Response to 23998 PTE. E. E. KAYLEY. L.N.LAN.R


    Delighted to have found the entry for my late grandfathers war service especially in view of the 100 year anniversary approaching. Please continue the good work. vincent.

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