Bagley, Edward (No. 5170)

Bagley, Edward


No. 5170, ‘B’ Squadron, 19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars

Died on Monday 24 May 1915 (aged 36)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 5)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)


Edward Bagley was born sometime around 1878/1882 in London; on marriage certificate in 1906 he was aged 24 and on his 1911 census return he was aged 32.

Edward Bagley was a son of William Bagley who worked as a news vendor.

In civilian life Edward Bagley worked as a general labourer.

Edward Bagley (aged 24) and Martha Donnelly (aged 25) were married on 27 December 1906 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Edward Bagley from Brook Street, Holywood was a Private in the 19th Hussars.  Martha Donnelly, a domestic servant from Brook Street, Holywood was a daughter of James Donnelly, a gardener.

In 1911 Edward and Martha Bagley were living in High Street, Holywood with their brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Sarah Arnold.

Edward and Martha Bagley had at least two children:

Sarah (born 29 August 1909)

Edward Henry (born 23 July 1911 in High Street, Holywood)

The Bagley family moved to 3 Patton’s Court, Holywood and prior to the outbreak of the Great War Edward Bagley was employed by the Belfast Steamship Company.

He was a Section Commander in the Holywood contingent of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

During the First World War Private Edward Bagley (No. 5170) served with the 19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars.

Private Edward Bagley (No. 5170) was wounded in April 1915 and after a short spell in hospital he returned to the trenches.  Some ten days later he was reported as missing in action during the Second Battle of Ypres and in March 1916 Martha Bagley received official confirmation that her husband must be presumed to have been killed in action on 24 May 1915.

Private Edward Bagley (No. 5170) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).