Sunshine Cottage | Kingsbury Episcopi

Edward Male

Edward Male | Kingsbury Time Travellers | Photo of Local Soldier WW1 Sunshine Cottage | Kingsbury Episcopi

Rank, service number and regiment

Gunner 174203 265th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery


Castle Cary 1915

Home address

Sunshine Cottage, Stembridge. Edward was born at a cottage in Little Lane, Stembridge, now demolished. See photo at bottom of the page.

Date of death

6 September 1917

Age of death

19 years

Circumstances of death

Edward was a gunner with a siege battery who fired heavy howitzers, sending large-calibre, explosive shells in a high trajectory. These were used to destroy or neutralize enemy artillery, strong points, roads and railways behind enemy lines. The 265th Siege Battery was engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) and was situated in an area called Kruisstraat, south-east of Ypres. This heavy artillery would be a sitting target for enemy fire. No battalion record exists for this time but as three other members of the 265th siege battery were killed on the same day and were buried in Bedford House Cemetery with Edward, it is probable that the howitzer took a direct hit from enemy artillery.

Where buried

Bedford House CWGC Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

Date of birth & full name



Farm worker


Walter Male and Emma Male (nee Male), married 1891. Walter was the son of John and Jane Male.
Emma was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Male. Both families were from Stembridge, distantly related.
Walter was a farm labourer and Emma a glove maker.
Walter and Emma first lived in a cottage in Little Lane, and then moved to Sunshine Cottage, Stembridge. Hugh and Les Male, nephews of Edward who was killed at Passchendaele, remember visiting their grandfather Walter in Sunshine Cottage.

Spouse & children

Albert was unmarried


British War Medal and Victory Medal

Other information

According to the 1911 census, Albert Edward had younger brothers Earl, Edward, Frank and Arthur – and an older brother Theo on the 1901 census.

The map below shows a red dot next to the cottage in Little Lane where Edward Male was born.

Old map of Cottage on Little lane | Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi