Rifleman S/5658 David Edwards

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Killed in Action on Friday, 1st October 1915, age unknown.
Buried in Grave I. H. 5. at Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas De Calais, France.

11th Bn., Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). 59th Brigade of 20th Division.

Son of Mr W. Edwards, of 49, Gospel Oak, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Gospel Oak, Enlisted: Wednesbury, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 21st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/597543/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
80 Ocker Hill Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Will Edwards (37, Puddler, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (37, born Sedgley), and their 7 children: Will (14, Railway Carriage Worker, born Tipton), David (10, born Tipton), Lois (8, born Tipton), Ernest (6, born Tipton), Rose (4, born Tipton), Alfred (2, born Tipton), and Elizabeth (5 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
80 Ocker Hill Road, Tipton, Staffs. (1 Room Downstairs, 2 Upstairs)
William Edwards (49, Puddler, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (48, born Coseley), and their 8 surviving children of 10: William James (25, born Tipton), David (20, Horse Driver in Coal Mine, born Tipton), Lois (18, General Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Ernest (16, Iron Worker, born Tipton), Rose (14, born Tipton), Alfred (12, School, born Tipton), Florence (8,School, born Tipton), and Ralph (4, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 11th Battalion Rifle Brigade landed in France in July 1915, and were concentrated near Saint-Omer by the 26th July. They gained their first trench experience near Fleurbaix, and had fought in no significant actions by the time David Edwards was killed on 1st October 1915. He is buried in Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie.

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