William Winter Edwards

Name

William Winter Edwards

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/04/1918
20

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
G/12821
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
1st Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY
XXVI.F.11
Belgium

UK Memorials

Digswell War Memorial
Stained Glass Window, Hitchin Boys Grammar School
St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin

Pre War

Born in 1897 in Dalston, Hackney, Middlesex, son of Albert Samuel and Emily Edwards, later of of 44 Pollard Road, Oakleigh Park, Whetstone, Middlesex, London. Baptised in Digswell, Herts on 12 April 1911 aged 13, when his date of birth is given as 10 May 1897.

He first attended the Hitchin Grammar School in the Winter of 1908 in the Upper 3rd Form, probably as a boarder. He was at the school in the Winter of 1910 in the Lower 5th Form, at which stage the Register terminates. On the 1911 Census, he was living with his widowed mother and family at Digswell, Welwyn and was a scholar.

He enlisted in Whetstone in Middlesex and gave his occupation as a dining table maker.

Wartime Service

Originally enlisted into the 8th Cyclist Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment on 27 November 1915 in Welwyn, and approved when he was mobilised on 12 May 1916 in Brighton. Address given as Winterton, High Welwyn, but crossed out and changed to 44 Pollard Road, Oakleigh Park, Whetstone, Herts.

He transferred to the East Kent Regiment on 6 October 1916. Was promoted to unpaid lance corporal on 27 June 1917, then paid lance corporal from 5 July 1917.

The Battalion was in the 16th Brigade, 6th Division, IV Corps of the 3rd Army and his death occurred at the time of the great German Spring Offensive that commenced on the 21st March 1918.

The Buffs were roughly south-south-east of Arras to the west of Moevres and were hard hit in the opening phase of the offensive as were many other Battalions. He died from gunshot wounds to the head and arm at No. 10 casualty clearing station.

He was buried in Plot 26, Row F, Grave 2 in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Wes-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

Additional Information

On his service record his religion was given as Wesleyan. A war gratuity of £9 was awarded to his mother Emily. His paying owing was divided equally between his mother and sisters Mabel, Ethel and Alberta. After his death he was recorded as the son of Alb

Acknowledgments

Adrian Dunne, David C Baines, Jonty Wild, Brenda Palmer