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Edward Frederick Falby was born in Rotherhithe, London  in 1890. Edward was the eldest child of Frederick and Mary Ann Falby of 65, Eltham Road, Lee, London and was schooled at St. Olave’s Grammar School between 1904 – 1908.

At the time of the 1911 census, 20 year old Edward was still living with his parents and siblings (three brothers, two sisters) at 14 East Down Park, Lewisham. He was single, and worked as a bank clerk.

When war broke out, Edward joined the 28th Battalion of the London Regiment (Artists Rifles) and sailed to France as a Private, service number 4728. In July 1916 he commissioned into the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. His brother, Frederick Charles Falby held a commission in the East Lancashire Regiment.



On 9th September 1916 Second Lieutenant Edward Frederick Falby was killed in action on the Somme. The Regimental History explains;

The DELVILLE WOOD battle started on the 9th September. The British artillery were in action all day, and at 4 p.m. the barrage started ; at 4 45 the Division on our left attacked. Our objective was to capture HOP ALLEY with B and C Companies, whilst the Lancashire Fusiliers were to go over with us and take ALE ALLEY. At 5 25 the Battalion went over and the first objective — HOP ALLEY — was gained, but the second wave did not succeed in reaching ALE ALLEY, and as HOP ALLEY had become untenable under intense machine gun barrage and gunfire, the remnant of B and C Companies withdrew and fell back to their original line. Supporting Companies from the l/8th King’s Liverpool Regiment and 1 /4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were sent up to strengthen the lines, whilst working parties consolidated the position. Sergeant H. Farnworth was awarded the D.C.M. for work in this attack.

The casualties were heavy; 24 men killed including Second Lieutenants W. E. Pyke and E. F. Falby.

Second Lieutenant Edward Frederick Falby is remembered on the Thiepval memorial, and on the St Saviour Catholic Church WW1 War Memorial in Lewisham.


Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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