Report in the Cheshire Observer 20th March 1915 regarding the death of Herbert Wickstead Ethelston
""ALWAYS WANTED DANGEROUS JOBS"
Yesterday (Friday) we were informed that the widow of Lieut. Herbert Ethelston of Wickstead Hall, had received a letter from a brother officer of the late lieutenant's in the Grenadier Guards, stating: "Herbert was killed on Saturday, after having led his men all the three days, splendidly. He was shot through the head, and died at once. I was not with him, but a Sergt. Clayton, who was, tells me that, with his usual bravery, he was looking over the parapet of the trench, where we were waiting, in order to choose the moment for attack. It had to be done, and he lost his life in consequence. As you know, he and I have been in the same company all the time. He always wanted to do all the dangerous jobs to save other people, and he was always cheerful and splendid to work with."
Lieut. Ethelston was a younger son of the late Mr. Edmund Peel of Brynypys and a descendant of Sir Robert Peel. He built Wickstead Hall, Whitchurch, eight years ago. "
Cheshire Observer 20th March 1915