St Bees Dead of the First World War
Roll of Honour
8th Bn Border Regiment
Killed in Action Ypres 1917, aged 21
From the ‘Whitehaven News’ 18 May 1915 page 6 under ‘Sandwith News’ :“For several weeks there has been little to chronicle, unless it be the occasional appearance of our khaki-clad defenders. Mr. W. Telfer’s son, Edward, is here for a week or so. He has been through a fever in France, and on account of this will possibly be transferred to the Home Defence Corps”.
‘Whitehaven News’ 5th July 1917:
KILLED IN ACTION
TELFER On the 14th June inst:, in France, Private EDWARD TELFER, eldest son of W.E. and S.A. Telfer, of Summer Hill, Sandwith, aged 21 years.”
He enlisted in 5th Borders in Aug 1914, and following his fever in 1915 he was not transferred as the Whitehaven News had speculated, but was later wounded on the Somme in Oct 1916, before his death in 1917 at Ypres.