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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Vermelles British Cemetery, pas de Calais. 
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Radford Nottingham
Edwin was the son of Edwin and Kate Allitt and the brother of William, Albert Killed in action 15/10/1917), Percy, Ada, Kate, Florence, Lucy, Catherine and Alfred Allitt. In 1901 the family lived at 60 Garden Street Radford Nottingham. Edwin married his wife Lucy Ann Cobb on 3rd June 1905 at Southwell and in 1911 they lived at 47 Church Drive Shirebrook Mansfield. Edwin's effects were sent to his wife at Inkerman Selston Nottinghamshire.
In 1907 Edwin was a lace hand employed by Mr Sowter of Newdigate Street Nottingham. In 1911 he was a colliery screen labourer.
13 Aug 1916
33
250933 - CWGC Website
1937
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Edwin Arthur Allitt attested in the Militia of Sherwood Foresters on 26 April 1907 and was re-engaged on 14 June 1908 when the Territorial Force began. He was mobilised and sent to 1st Battalion on 4 January 1915. On the 8th which was a very hot day, the battalion moved into the front line trenches (Quarry Sector) forward of Vermelles. The battalion war diary for the 13th August was notes ‘ 13th Weather fine, rather close. There was trench mortar activity from 9 to 10 a.m. and No 6 sap was blown in as usual. Our Stokes guns fired without warning at 8 p.m., and the enemy retaliated before the saps could be cleared, 1 man killed and several wounded and shell shock.’ Edwin was that man killed and his body was taken back to Vermelles for burial.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Vermelles British Cemetery, pas de Calais. 
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Edwin Arthur Allitt - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone at Vermelles British Cemetery, pas de Calais. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photograph of Edwin Arthur Allitt is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment roll of honour website.
    Edwin Arthur Allitt - Photograph of Edwin Arthur Allitt is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment roll of honour website.