PALFREY Edward George
Regiment : 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Service number : 12827
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 29 on 5th April 1918
Buried : Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave I. J. 10.
Birthplace : Pershore, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Eldest son of Charles and Emily Palfrey, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club.
Additional information on the memorial: Grenadier Guards.
Head Street, Pershore. Lieut. 1st Grenadier Guards. Father worked for Pettifer for some time. Now at Cheltenhams Brewery. Went out 1914. Died of wounds April 5th 1916.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Mark Dewdney:
The birth registration for this casualty from the last quarter of 1888 records him as Edwin George. However, the 1891 and 1901 census show his first name as Edward and this is the name he enlisted under. The date of his enlistment can be pretty well narrowed down as the Grenadier Guards regular battalions issued numbers sequentially. Service number 12811 enlisted on 7th August 1906, 13051 enlisted on 4th January 1907 so in 1906 the number 12827 would have enlisted August or September at the latest. Edward possibly enlisted for a term of 12 years with the colours with some of these being in the Reserve. The 1911 census records him with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards at Farnborough. He appears to have been in the Reserve when war broke out in 1914 as he was recalled and went to France on 13th August 1914 with them, arriving at Le Havre on 15th August 1914.
The Grenadier Guards records have always been held by the Regiment and the WW1 ones have only recently been sent to the Ministry of Defence. At some point in the future they will be released and we will be able to produce a history of his military service.
His Medal Index Card records that he received the Military Medal by which time he was serving with the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards. I have found no reference in the War Diary or anywhere else as to where he won his Military Medal.
On 5th April 1918 the battalion were at Boisleux-au-Mont near Arras. It is impossible to say without further evidence when he received the wounds that led to his death. The battalion were bombarded that morning or it could have been any time in the heavy fighting the battalion was involved in, in late March. He is buried at Gezaincourt some 40km away. The Effects Register says he died at No 8 Casualty Clearing Station but this is possibly an incorrect entry as this was situated slightly North East of Arras and Gezaincout is miles away. My supposition is that he died at No 3 Casualty Clearing Station which was at Gezaincourt.
The Pershore website states he was in the Met before the war. I have found a record that says “Worked for Port of London Authority with the job of Constable”.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: