Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Sunderland, Durham, England, United Kingdom
 —  Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Houthulst Forest, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 21

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 23/04/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 23/04/1920

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Edwin Ievers was born in 1886 in Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland. He was the son of Edwin and Annie Ievers of Ballyanne, New Ross, County Wexford. Edwin emigrated from Ireland to England. According to the 1911 Census he worked as a general labourer in Sunderland, County Durham. He married Gertrude Francis in 1909. They had three children together. By the time of the Battle of Passchendaele, Edwin had enlisted and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Battalion, part of the 149th Brigade, of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division.

In October 1917 Edwin’s Battalion moved to the Ypres sector from northern France. It took up positions South of Houthulst Forest, and occupied a line between Angle Point and Aden House. Battalion Headquarters were at Egypt House. On 26 October 1917, the 149th Brigade attacked with the 4th, 5th and 7th Northumberland Fusiliers. The 7th advanced on the left flank. As soon as the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers moved forward, German machine guns opened fire and an artillery barrage came down on the line 5 Chemins, Angle point, Aden house, causing considerable casualties. All attacking Companies were quickly pinned down. Machine-gun- and sniper fire from concrete positions in the Forest made any further progress neigh to impossible. “C” Company which was in support, joined the attack, but could not turn the tide and the Battalion had to retreat to their original positions.

The attack on Houthulst Forest had been a disaster. No headway had been made and casualties were high. Nine officers of the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers had been killed, one went missing and one officer was wounded. A total of 43 men were killed in action, 150 men were wounded and 53 men went missing. 31-year-old Private Edwin Ievers was one of the men who lost his life during the attack on the Houthulst Forest, leaving behind a young family with three children. Edwin has no known grave and is remembered on panel 21 of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 150-152.
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Further reference
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary Northumberland Fusiliers, 1/7th Bn.
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