King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Cashmore, Edward Lascelles

Lance-Corporal ▪ Canadian Engineers

Edward Lascelles Cashmore, born on 30th October 1878, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1890. His father was an iron merchant, and the family lived at 4, Sutton Place, Chester Road, Erdington.

At School, Edward was a forward in the 1st XV in the 1895-6 season, and on 21st November 1895 he made his “excellent” maiden speech at the Debating Society, arguing for the motion, “That this House deplores the method by which the Advertising of the present day is carried out”. After School, Edward became a civil engineer and served in the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment for three years before the war. At some point, Edward visited Canada, possibly accounting for his choice of regiment, the Canadian Engineers, in which he served during the war as a Lance-Corporal. He died of pneumonia at Étaples on 22nd January, 1919 and is buried in Étaples Military Cemetery, France.