Other names: Ernest Alfred Septimus
Locations in this story: Abingdon, BerkshireReading, BerkshireShaftesbury, DorsetRotherfield, SussexFrance & FlandersCaversham, Reading, Berkshire
Story: Ernest Alfred Septimus Edwards was born in Abingdon, Berkshire, on 6 Apr 1883 the son of Alfred William Edwards and Harriet Elizabeth Edwards (nee Godfrey). He lived some of his early life in Reading, Berkshire, but by 1901 he was a boarder pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Following his schooling he became a boarder at Lews Farm, Rotherfield, Sussex, where he was employed as a Domestic Chauffeur. He enlisted with the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 9809). He served in France and Flanders where he was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 75273). On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Grace Euphemia Warburton in Abingdon, Berkshire, in 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Banavie', 6 Brunswick Hill, Reading, Berkshire, working as a Motor Engineer. He died in Reading on 7 Mar 1951 and was buried at the Caversham Cemetery, Caversham, Berkshire, on 10 Mar 1951.