Edwin Frederick Mead

Name

Edwin Frederick Mead

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

23/05/1918
20

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Corporal
C/9420
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
18th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ESQUELBECQ MILITARY CEMETERY
II. D. 16.
France

UK Memorials

Croxley Green Village Memorial, Croxley Green
All Saints' Church Shrine, Croxley Green
John Dickinson & Co Memorial, Croxley Green
Rickmansworth Urban District Memorial
Oddfellows Memorial, Rickmansworth

Pre War

Edwin was the third son of George and Fanny Mead of 179 New Road. They also had a daughter. He was born on 7 October 1897 and christened in Croxley Green a month later. George worked as a labourer at the paper mill and Edwin joined him there when he was old enough. Edwin’s older brother Ernest was killed in May 1917.

Recorded as enlisting in London.

Wartime Service

Corporal Edwin Mead served in the 20th KRRC and then transferred to the 18th KRRC, which was part of 122nd Brigade in 41st Division.

He died of wounds on 23 May 1918, aged 20. He is buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery between Dunkirk and St Omer.

Esquelbecq was the location of casualty clearing stations from April 1918 during the early stages of the German offensive in Flanders. He may have been one of the three men who were injured the previous day whilst in working parties at Siege Camp. Before that the 41st Division had been in action at Beugny on March 23rd–24th 1918 and again at Arras on 28th March.

According to the Oddfellows’ memorial, Edwin was a bugler.

Additional Information

Brother of Lance Corporal Ernest Mead who died of wounds on 23 May 1918 and who is also commemorated on this memorial.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Tanya Britton, Brian Thomson, Croxley Green in the First World War, Rickmansworth Historical Society 2014