Wednesday 12 February 2020

Edward Guite (1885 - 1918) - Walkley Sheffield

A couple of days ago I received this information concerning an Edward Guite who was fromthe Walkley distrci of  Sheffield

"I am researching my family history, but was wondering if you might be able to help with my research into my Great uncle Edward Guite (1885 - 1918). Edward had a wholesale pork butchers’ business at 175 Walkley Lane, and died as a prisoner of war in Germany in 1918 (his letters to his wife Clara are in the Sheffield Archive).

Edward was a keen sportsman, playing both football and cricket; there are numerous newspaper references to him. Edward played for Walkley, Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest. The attached newspaper features  his signing for Forest in 1907.

Specifically I was wondering if you could help me identify the team in the third picture and the name of the trophy he has between his legs.

 Any thought would be appreciated"

These are the rather splendid photographs that were supplied by the researcher

It is the third photograph that the researcher was attempting to identify - the team and the trophy and so if any reader of this post can help please contact me and I will pass on the information.

There is a sad postscript to the story - Like millions of other men, Edward joined up and fought on the Western Front in WW1.

"Edward was taken prisoner on 28 March 1918   near the village of Bucquoy  at Rossignol Wood (see attached). It is likely that this was the same action in which Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Cyril Spencer  Watson D.S.O. of the Yorkshire Regiment attached as commanding officer to Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), was awarded the V.C. for bravery. Edward was uninjured on capture but died of pneumonia in very poor conditions and malnutrition may have been a cause."

This is the information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Lance Corporal GUITE, E
Service Number 47779
Died 20/05/1918
Aged 34
2nd/4th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Son of John and Sarah Guite, of Sheffield, Yorks.; husband of Clara Guite, of 8, Layton Avenue, Blackpool.

Buried at PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY Location: Aisne, France
Number of casualties: 563 Cemetery/memorial reference: IV. B. 7.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this Chris. If anyone has any information I would love to hear it.