Harold Ethelstan Edwards

Surname: Edwards
Other names: Harold Ethelstan
Other people in this story:
Thomas Hyne Edwards
Sarah Jane Edwards (nee Smith)
Locations in this story:
Kington Magna, Dorset
Sandown, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Marlborough, Wiltshire
Loos, France
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Harold Ethelstan Edwards was born in Kington Magna, Dorset, on 10 Mar 1895 and baptised there on 24 Apr 1895 the son of Rev. Thomas Hyne Edwards (Rector of Kington Magna) and Sarah Jane Edwards (nee Smith).  Harold's father died in 1896 and the remaining family moved to Sandown, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, until by 1909 he had become a Pupil/Boarder at Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire. from where he went on to Trinity College, Oxford,   He had enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Lieutenant.  He was posted to France and was attached to the 2nd Battalion and was involved in the Battle of Loos which was fought between 25 Sep and 8 Oct 1915.  Regrettably Harold was killed in action attempting to cut wire to allow troops to attack on the very first day, 25 Sep 1915.   His body was not found for burial and he is remembered on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, Department Nord, France, (Panel 23 to 25).  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He is also remembered on the Kington Magna Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at Marlborough College.  (NB.  His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from the Kington Magna.)


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