Private 12932 John B Edwards

Edwards John 96 400x600
Photograph courtesy of Paul Ormerod.

Died on Saturday, 23rd November 1918, age 22.
Buried in Grave VI. H. 2. at Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade of 7th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Bradley, Staffs.

First landed France & Flanders, 26th January 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/902278/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John Bernard Edwards registered in September quarter 1896 in West Bromwich.

1901 Census
Cross Street, Bradley, Bilston, Staffs.
John Edwards (33, Sheet Mill Roller, born Tipton), his wife Eliza (33, born Sedgley), and their 3 children: John (5, born Tipton), Phoebe A. (4, born Tipton), and James H. (2, born Wednesbury).

1911 Census
9 Cross Street, Bradley, Bilston, Staffs.
John Edwards (44, Sheet Iron Worker, born Tipton), his wife Eliza (44, born Sedgley), and 2 of their 3 surviving children of 5: John (16, Sheet Mill Helper, born Tipton), and James (12, School, born Wednesbury).

Personal Data

There is some confusion over this man's date of death. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records 23 November 1918 (as does the gravestone), 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' and his Medal Index Card records 27 October 1918.
The CWGC replied "I would explain that our records are based on information provided to the Commission after the war by the relevant Service Authorities, and as such, they are consistent throughout in recording the date of death as 23 November 1918." We must assume that the CWGC are correct.

After John's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £57/6/0d (57 pounds and 6 shillings); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Elizabeth, in August and September 1919. His War Gratuity was £24/0/0d (24 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his mother in August and September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

Hamburg CWGC Cemetery was one of 4 cemeteries built in Germany after the war to concentrate British graves from numerous burial places across Germany. John Edwards must have died as a Prisoner of War, his date of capture is not known.

Newspaper Cuttings