Other names: Edney Horace
Locations in this story: Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, DorsetAshmore, Shaftesbury, DorsetSalisbury, WiltshireEgyptCairo, EgyptWestminster, London
Story: Edney Horace Avery was born at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, in 1895 the son of Bellamy Herbert Avery and Laura Hyacinth Avery (nee Morey). The family had moved to Green Lane, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, by 1901. In 1911 Edney was boarding at 7 Minster Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, whilst a pupil. He enlisted on 20 Feb 1915 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. S4/143317). He was discharged on 2 Oct 1915 as he was considered unsuitable for the duties of the Corps. He re-enlisted on 11 Nov 1915 and joined the Army Pay Corps (Service No. 5828). He served in Egypt and eventually rose to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 (Quarter Master Sergeant). He was discharged at his own request in Cairo on 17 Jun 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Gisele Lucy M. Sammut in Cairo, Egypt, in 1920 and shortly after returned to Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He became a Civil Servant and was widely travelled throughout the world for many years. He was awarded the MBE in 1954 for his services in the Foreign Service. By 1964 he was living in retirement at 104 Cornwall Mansions, Westminster, London, and it was there he died in 1965.