Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant Erasmus DARWIN
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2nd Lieutenant Erasmus DARWIN.
4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Horace and Ida Darwin, of The Orchard, Cambridge. Grandson of naturalist Charles Darwin and statistician Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer. Died 24 April 1915. Aged 33.
Commemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.
The following biographical notes are provided by Robert Coulson;-
Erasmus Darwin was the grandson of Charles Darwin the renowned naturalist
and was born in Cambridge on 7 December 1881.
He was educated at Horris Hill, Marlborough College and then Trinity College at Cambridge where he specialised in mathematics and mechanical sciences.
He then worked for Mather and Platts in Manchester, the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company and at the outbreak of war was company secretary for Bolckow and Vaughans Ironworks in Middlesbrough.
Erasmus Darwin spent just six days on the Western Front before being killed.
The 4th Battalion landed at Boulogne on April 18th 1915 and were immediately moved up to the Ypres Salient. At 1-00am on April 24th the battalion were by the canal to the east of Ypres and later in the morning they were ordered on to Potijze.
From here they advanced through the wire in an attempt to push the Germans back into St Julien.
“The battalion lost heavily crossing the open level ground.”
2nd Lt Erasmus Darwin died in this action on April 24th 1915 at the age of 33.
(Photo : Unknown source)
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