WW1 Alumni

Westcott, E

Edgar Westcott

Edgar Westcott

Captain, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)

Edgar Westcott was a student at Alleyn’s until 1907 and lived with his wife, Edith Mabel Westcott, at 3 Cedars Road, Beckenham. He joined the war effort as part of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and saw service overseas on the Western Front as a Captain. During his time with the regiment, Edgar was involved in a number of British operations at the front and continually proved himself as a keen and reliable soldier in action. In 1916, these qualities were recognised when he was awarded the Military Cross for displaying great courage and initiative in the field after his battalion came under heavy enemy fire. After receiving his medal, Edgar continued to serve on the Western Front until late 1918 when he was killed in action on November 4th during the Allied Hundred Days Offensive. He is buried at Artres Communal Cemetery.