Edward Leslie Sackett

FatherEdward Sackett (1875-1925)
MotherRose Ellen Colbourn (1874-1965)
Marriage1923, Greenwich, LondonGEthel Victoria Loten5,6
Edward Leslie Sackett, son of Edward Sackett and Rose Ellen Colbourn, was born in Blackheath, LondonG, on 29 May 1896.1,2,3 He died aged 94 in Southampton, HampshireG, in February 1991.4 He married in Greenwich, LondonG, in 1923, Ethel Victoria Loten, daughter of ___ Loten and ___ Watson.5,6 Ethel was born in GreenwichG on 25 May 18997,3 and died aged 76 in Bournemouth, HampshireG, in 1976.8
     In 1901 Edward was living at Horncastle Road, Skirbeck, LincolnshireG, in the household of his parents Edward and Rose, and was recorded in the census as Edward L Sackett, aged four and born in Blackheath.9
     Edward, then known as Leslie, attended St Botolph's Church of England Primary School, Boston, LincolnshireG, from 23 January 1902. The family were then living at 48 Pen Street. He left on 6 March 1903 when the family moved to Portsmouth.10
     In 1911 he was living at 93 Victoria Road, Charlton, LondonG, in the household of his parents Edward and Rose, and was recorded as Edward Leslie Sackett, a schoolboy, aged 14.11
     Edward joined the Post Office as a boy clerk in the City of LondonG in June 1912. He became an assistant clerk in December 1913.12
     Edward served in the British Army during the First World War, first in the London Regiment and then in the Labour Corps. He enlisted on 22 November 1915 and was discharged on 1 December 1917 due to wounds. He sustained a head wound from a high explosive shell while serving at the front at Le Sars, France. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British Medal in recognition of active service overseas. He was granted a Silver War Badge, to be worn with civilian clothes to indicate that he had been honourably discharged because of illness or injury. He had been a clerk in the Civil Service in 1915 and, in 1919, after the War, was a clerk in the Ministry of Labour.13,14,15,16,17
     In 1921 he was living at 48 Mayhill Road, GreenwichG, in the household of his parents Edward and Rose, and was recorded as Edward Leslie Sackett, a civil servant at the Crown Agents, aged 25.18
     At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Edward and Ethel were living at 34 Leyfield, Malden and Coombe municipal borough, SurreyG. Edward was a higher executive officer in the Ministry of Labour. He was also a part-time ARP (Air Raid Precautions) first aider. Ethel served with the Womens Voluntary Service. Their children, Daphne and Norman, were living with them.19
     Edward left a will which was proved in Winchester on 4 June 1991. His last address was 119 Walnut Avenue, Southampton, HampshireG, and his estate was valued at £157,650.20

Children of Edward Leslie Sackett and Ethel Victoria Loten

Edward Leslie Sackett, British Army Service Record
Territorial Force Attestation
Edward Leslie Sackett, 93 Victoria Rd, Charlton, SE, regt 15th Co L'dn Labour Corps, duration of war, oath taken at Somerset House, 22 Nov 1915.
Statement of Services
Service from 22 Nov 1915; 15th Lon Reg, unit 3/15, embodied Pte, 22 Nov 1915; 15th Lon Reg, unit 1/15, transferred, Pte, 5 May 1916; 15th Lon Reg, unit Depot, attached, Pte, 17 Oct 1916; 15th Lon Reg, unit Res, posted, Pte, 31 Dec 1916; Lab Corps, transferred, Pte, ? Jul 1917; ? H S Emp Co, posted ? Jul 1917; Discharged, no longer physically fit for war service, para 392 (xvi) KR, 1 Dec 1917; docs to Chelsea 9 Nov 1917; disability GSW with fracture of skull, caused by MS; Station Nottingham.
Proceedings on Discharge
282319, Sackett, Edward Leslie, 616th (HS) Employment Coy Lab Corps, date of discharge 1 Dec 1917 at Nottingham, age 21, ht 5'7", chest 34ins, exp 2ins, complexion pale, eyes blue, hair dk brown, trade Civil Servant, res. 93 Victoria Rd, Charlton, SE7, marks Wound scar top of head, discharged in consequence of being no longer physically fit for War Service, para 392 (xvi) KR, military character good, reliable and well conducted man, disability due to Active Service.
Medical Report on Invalid
Station Winchester, 12 Sep 1917, 616 (HS) Emplt Co Labour Corps, no. 282319, Sackett, Edward Leslie, Pte, 21, enlisted 22 Nov 1915 at Somerset House WC, former trade Civil Servant, Admiralty, disability GSW of head with fracture of skull, date of disability Oct 1916, place Le Sars, France, history of disability: On date mentioned he was wounded by a piece of HE shell which caused fracture & depression of skull (l. frontal bone). Was taken to No. 2 General Hosp at Havre where he remained 10 days where a treptioning ?uration [trephination] was performed and some pieces of bone removed. He was then taken to the Royal City of Dublin Hospital where he remained 9 weeks. An operation was done there to remove a small piece of metal from behind l. ear. He was then discharged Hospital & returned to this unit. He was boarded 27 Jan in Winchester & classified C3. Causation GS Wound, caused by Active Service. Stamped Labour Corps Record Office 2 Oct 1917. (contd) There is still a considerable depression at the site of the fracture, l. frontal region. He is quite unfit for any exertion and gets quite giddy. No signs of paralysis & no history of it. Sight and hearing both good. Inability to earn a livelihood = ½. Discharged permanently unfit.
Casualty Form Active Service
3/15th Bn London Regt (PWO Civil Service Rifles), no. 4756, Pte, Sackett, E L, enlisted 22 Nov 1915, for duration of war; embarked Southampton, 5 May 1916; disembarked Fd Base Depot, Havre, 6 May 1916; joined Batt, in the Field, 24 May 1916; SW scalp & cheek, 7 Oct 1916; transfd to England, Havre, 16 Oct 1916; 15th Bn London Regt, Depot, 17 Oct 1916; posted 31 Dec 1916; discharged no longer physically fit for War Service, 1 Dec 1917. Stamped Territorial Force Record Office London, permanently excluded etc.
Notification of Discharge
No longer physically fit for War Service, Sackett, E L, no. 282319, Pte, regt 616 HS Employ Coy Lab Corps, date of discharge 1 Dec 1917, hospital Winchester, soldier's address 93 Victoria Rd, Charlton, London, SE7.
Military History Sheet
Home, from 22 Nov 1915 to 4 May 1916, 164 days; Ex F France, from 5 May 1916 to 16 Oct 1916, 165 days; home, from 17 Oct 1916 to 1 Dec 1917, 1 year 46 days; total 2 years 10 days. Wounded GW scalp & cheek. Father Edward Sackett, 93 Victoria Rd, Charlton, SE7.
Letter from War Office
London SW1, 4 Sep 1917, [handwritten letter] Sir, I am directed to inform you that an application has been received from The Secretary Admiralty for the release from military service of No 282319 Pte E L Sackett 616th H S Employment Coy in order that he may return to his civil employment as a Clerk & it has been decided to sanction his release provided he is willing & whether he is fit for General Service or not. I am, therefore, to request that you will issue immediate instructions for him to be brought before a Standing Invaliding Board in accordance with ACI 1199 of 1917 with a view to determining his eligibility for transfer to Class W Reserve or discharge & that in accordance with the recommendation of the board you will effect his discharge or transfer to Class W Reserve as the case may be & dispatch him to The Secretary, Admiralty, Contract Dept, Whitehall, London SW1. It must be clearly explained to the soldier that if he elects to accept this employment he will not be entitled to the special rates of pay & allowances referred to in AC1 1989 of 1916 & that he will only receive the Civil Wages which the Department are prepared to pay him. A report should be rendered to this office stating whether or not he accepts this employment & if so the date on which his transfer to the Reserve or discharge was effected & also the date of his dispatch to the firm. [Signed] for Director of Mobilisation.
In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Mrs Rose Ellen Sackett, 93 Victoria Rd, Charlton, SE. [Signed] Edward Leslie Sackett, Private, No. 4756, 15th London Regt, 11 Sep 1916.

—Abstracts from British Army Service Records (Findmypast images)

 Notes & Citations

  1. General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Jun qtr 1896. Sackett, Edward Leslie. Mother: Colbourn. Greenwich. 1d:1130."
  2. Census.
  3. 1939 Register.
  4. "England & Wales deaths 1837–2006" (Findmypast transcript), "Feb 1991. Sackett, Edward Leslie, b. 29 May 1896. Southampton. 20:1262:291."
  5. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Mar qtr 1923. Sackett, Edward L. Spouse: Loten. Greenwich. 1d:1172."
  6. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Mar qtr 1923. Loten, Ethel V. Spouse: Sackett. Greenwich. 1d:1172."
  7. General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Jun qtr 1899. Loten, Ethel Victoria. Mother: Watson. Greenwich. 1d:1034."
  8. "England & Wales deaths 1837–2006" , "Mar qtr 1976. Sackett, Ethel Victoria, b. 25 May 1899. Bournemouth. 23:0204."
  9. 1901 England census, RG13, piece 3045, folio 76, p 26
    Horncastle Road, Skirbeck, Lincolnshire
    Sackett, Edward, head, 29, tailor's cutter, b. Croydon, Surrey
    Sackett, Rose E, wife, 26, b. Charlton, Kent
    Sackett, Edward L, son, 4, b. Blackheath, Kent
    Sackett, Gladys W, daughter, 3, b. Sheerness, Kent.
  10. "National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870–1914" (Findmypast image), St Botolph's Church of England Primary School, Boston, Lincolnshire, (Boston National School), "No. 2351, adm 23 Jan 1902, Sackett, Leslie, b. 29 May 1896, father Edward, of 48 Pen St, last sch Park Bd, left 6 Mar 1903, removed to Portsmouth."
  11. 1911 England census, 93 Victoria Road, Charlton, London
    3 rooms
    Edward Sackett, head, 36, married, tailors cutter, worker, b. Surrey, Croydon
    Rose Ellen Sackett, wife, 36, m. 15y, 3 ch, all living, b. Kent, Charlton
    Edward Leslie Sackett, son, 14, school, b. Kent, Blackheath
    Gladys Winifred Sackett, dau, 13, school, b. Kent, Sheerness
    Sidney Charles Norman Sackett, son, 8, school, b. Lincoln, Boston.
  12. "British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737–1969" (Ancestry image), "June 1912, 151470, Sackett, Edwd L, boy clk, City [of London]."
    "Dec 1913, 259253, Sackett, Edward L, asst clerk, London 2p Dep."
  13. "Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards" (Findmypast transcript).
  14. "British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920", digital image, The National Archives, "Sackett, Edward L, Private, London Regiment, service no. 4756, Private, Labour Corps, service no. 282319, Victory Medal, British Medal, Silver War Badge. WO372/17."
  15. "Silver War Badge Roll, 1914–1920" (Findmypast image), "Sackett, Edw. Leslie, rank Private, no. 282319, Labour Corps: C. of Lon. R., enlisted 22 Nov 1915, discharged 1 Dec 1917, age on discharge 21, cause Wound Para 392 xvi (a) (i), served overseas Yes, badge no. 292041, issued 11 Jan 1918."
  16. "The London Gazette" (Findmypast image), 4 Jun 1915, p 5407, "Civil Service Commission, May 10, 1915. After Open Competition. Second Division: Clerk, Edward Leslie Sackett."
    3 Oct 1919, p 12161, "Assignments of Second Division Clerks. Labour, Ministry of, Edward Leslie Sackett."
  17. "British Army Service Records" (Findmypast image).
  18. 1921 England census, 48 Mayhill Road, Charlton, Greenwich, London, Kent
    5 rooms
    Edward Sackett, head, 46y 5m, married, b. Croydon, Surrey, tailor, Chas Baker & Co, High Holborn, London
    Rose Ellen Sackett, wife, 47y 2m, married, b. Charlton, Kent, home duties
    Edward Leslie Sackett, son, 25y 1m, single, b. Blackheath, Kent, 2nd division clerk, Civil Servant (Clerk), Ministry of Labour, Queen Anne's Chambers, Broadway, Westminster
    Sydney Charles Norman Sackett, son, 18y 3m, single, b. Boston, Lincolnshire, clerical officer, Crown Agents for the Colonies, 4 Millbank London SW1.
  19. "1939 Register" (Findmypast image), Sackett household, 34 Leyfield, Malden and Coombe M B, Surrey: RG101/1354D/006/8, Edward L Sackett, b. 29 May 1896, married, higher executive officer, Ministry of Labour, ARP First Aid, part-time, Malden & Coombe; RG101/1354D/006/9, Ethel V Sackett, b. 25 May 1899, married, unpaid domestic duties, Womens Vol Service, housewives service, Malden & Coombe; Daphne R Sackett (later Brown), b. 3 May 1926, at school; Norman R Sackett, b. 30 May 1930, at school; Ernest A Campbell, b. 1912, single, confectionary traveller.
  20. "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858–1995" (Ancestry image), "SACKETT, Edward Leslie of 119 Walnut av Southampton Hants died 1 February 1991 Probate Winchester 4 June £157650 9152412774Y."
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Last Edited9 Mar 2023

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