The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Edward Barradell


Edward Barradell was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire on the 5th of January 1900 to Henry Barradell and Harriet Hill. He was the fifth of their ten children, five boys and five girls all alive in 1911. Henry was a Joiner and Sash Frame Maker and a member of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in Loughborough. The family lived at 53 Leopold Street and at the age of three Edward was enrolled at the Rosebery Street Infant School.

By 1918 the family had moved to Oxford Street and Edward Barradell had enlisted in the East Yorkshire Yeomanry, though it is not known exactly when. His older brothers Gilbert and Wilfred were already in the army by then. Edward was presumably with the 2/1st, a training / reserve brigade which had been sent to Ireland in April 1918. Either returning on leave or on their way overseas eight Privates from this group travelled on the 10th of October 1918 on RMS Leinster. Seven, including Edward Barradell, did not survive the sinking.

His body was however recovered, reportedly holding a rosary that his Loughborough girlfriend, Agnes Holloway, had given him. He was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. In 1920 Agnes Holloway married his brother Wilfred and they named their first child Edward. Sadly he died at the age of three. Edward Barradell is remembered on the War Memorial in St Peter’s Church and on the Carillon in Loughborough.



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