Edward Stephen Ayling


Edward Stephen Ayling


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

London Rifle Brigade


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UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Edward Stephen Ayling was born in April 1887 in Bushey. In 1881 his father, James Ayling, who came from Sussex, was living in Islington, employed as a railway clerk. He was a boarder with Robert and Sarah Conquest and their family and the following year married their daughter, Kate. James and Kate had four children but Kate died in 1890 at the age of 29.

Wartime Service

On 4 September 1914 Edward enlisted number 670 with the London Rifle Brigade. He served in France and was promoted to Corporal. In 1917 he was gassed and received a gun-shot wound to the thigh. In August that year he was ‘totally incapacitated’ by a lung ‘infection attributable to service in the present war’. On 25 September he was permanently discharged, suffering from ’tuberculosis of the lungs’. He died on 24 June 1918, aged 31.

Additional Information

Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild