Regiment: 19th Bn The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment

Rank: Private

Number: 21479

Died: 1 July 1916

Aged: 20

Buried/ Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France

Address: 26 Lightfoot Street, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 15 July 1916



Mrs. Catherall, 26 Lightfoot Street, Hoole, has received a letter from an officer at the Front stating that her son, Pte. Edward Catherall, has been killed in action. Pte. Catherall, who was 20, joined the Liverpool “Pals” and was previously employed in the Great Western carriage department at Chester.

He was an old scholar of George Street Council School. The commander of his platoon, writing to the soldier’s mother says: “Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your son. He was a splendid fellow, and always did his work cheerfully and well. Needless to say his loss is felt very keenly by the platoon of which I was platoon commander. From the Sefton Park days until I got my captaincy I have known and liked your son. He was sent up with a party of 40 men to strengthen a position taken from the enemy and met his death, which was instantaneous, by shell fire.” Mrs Catherall has another son serving with the colours.

The 1911 Census shows Edward as a 14-year-old apprentice painter living at 7 Talbot Street, Newtown with father Edward, mother Mary, brothers Cecil, William, George and Albert and sisters Beatrice and Mildred.