Aircraftman 2nd Class 262904 Edward Selwood

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Died Home on Wednesday, 1st January 1919, age 18.
Buried in Grave "C." 235. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Air Force, No. 3 Stores Depot.

Son of Charles Selwood, of 9 Underhill Buildings, New Road, Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because his grave was found in Tipton Cemetery.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395359/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Edward Selwood registered September quarter 1900 in Dudley.

1901 Census
8 Toll End Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Charles Selwood (32, Colliery Boatman, born Tipton) and his wife Mary A. (31, Breeze Washer, born Tipton), and their 4 children: Rachel (10, born Tipton), Walter (8, born Tipton), Clara (5, born Tipton), and Edward (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
1 Court 9 House, Toll End Road, Tipton, Staffs. This is Underhill Buildings.
Charles Selwood (48, Boatman, born Worcester) and his wife Mary Ann (48, Breeze Washer, born Toll End), and their 6 surviving children of 8: Rachel (20, born Toll End), Walter (18, Labourer in Tube Works, born Toll End), Clara (16, born Toll End), Edward (11, born Toll End), Charles (5, born Toll End), and Hannah (2, born Toll End).

Personal Data

Edward Selwood joined the Royal Air Force on 1st July 1918, his birth date was given as 3rd June 1900, so he was 18 years of age.

At his enlistment Edward was 5 feet 6¼ inches tall with a 32-inch chest. He had dark brown hair, grey eyes and a "going tan" complexion, he was employed as a Stoker, and was Church of England. Within a week Edward was allocated to No. 3 Stores Depot at Southall, Middlesex as part of 2nd Air group. There is no record of Edward serving at any other location.

After Edward's death, his outstanding Air Force pay and allowances amounted to £1/16/7d (1 pound,16 shillings and 7 pence); this was paid to his father,Charles, in September 1919. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in September 1919.

Action resulting in his death

According to the Tipton Burial records, Edward died in the 3rd Southern General Hospital in Oxford on the 1st January 1919. The Royal Air Force Casulaty Card shows that Edward died from pneumonia and influenza. He was buried in Tipton Cemetery on 8th January 1920, as he was still serving with the RAF he was entitled to a Commonwealth War Graves headstone.

There were only 3 Tipton casualties in the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force. Strangely all 3 served only in the UK, and all 3 are buried in Tipton Cemetery.

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