Edmund Cooper Briggs

By October 22, 2015 at 10:09 am0 Comments

Edmund Cooper Briggs was born on 16th September 1882 in Nuneaton in Warwickshire. Moved to Horsforth in Leeds with his family when he was little. He joined the Reserve Forces in 1915 but wasn’t called up until Spring 1917. In civilian life he was a builder and road constructor and so he joined the Royal Engineers before being posted to the Western Front.

He served for at least some of his time at Dickebusch in Belgium, just south of Ypres. He was very quickly appointed Acting Sergeant (probably because of his technical skills) and this was made permanent in November 1917. He had married Frances Sugden in Leeds in 1909 and at the time he was called up they had 5 children. Sadly James, his youngest son, died in March 1918 from measles aged 15 months and he was allowed compassionate leave to return home for a short period but when he returned to active service he had to take his son’s death certificate with him as proof.

After the war he became a successful builder and he moved with his family to Bridlington where he built a hotel on the seafront in the 1930s. “The Expanse” is still there and still run by the family. He went on to become a Justice of the Peace as well as a local Councillor. In 1956, he was made Mayor of Bridlington. He and his wife had 9 children although only 6 outlived him. He died in Bridlington on 29 November 1976.

We don’t have a photo of him in uniform but we have attached an early photo of him with his wife and an “official” photo of him when he was Mayor.


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