Edward Bottomley, his elder brother Thomas and his cousin Joseph Sullivan who lived next door, all died in the First World War, in successive Septembers. Edward was the son of John and Annie Bottomley, of 71 Stamford End, Exton, and was born at Exton on 7 March 1897. He was a farm worker before enlisting on 9 December 1914. He served with the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in France, where he died of wounds on 5 September 1918. In The Fifth Leicestershire, Captain J D Hills described how Battalion Headquarters had moved to a newly-captured German shelter. "At first we thought we were going to be let off any retaliation at all, but the following morning at "stand to" a fairly heavy barrage came down for half-an-hour on the breastwork support line - presumably to break up any intended attack. B Company Headquarters most unluckily received a direct hit causing six casualties. Two Serjeants who could ill be spared, A Cross and E Bottomley, were both badly wounded, the latter mortally." Edward is buried in Fouquires Churchyard Extension in France, grave IV.G.4, and remembered along with his brother and cousin on the war memorial in Exton. All three men died almost exactly a year apart: Thomas was killed in September 1916 aged 24, cousin Joseph in September 1917 and Edward in September 1918.
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