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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Grassmoor Derbyshire
John William Edwards was born in 1894 the son of Joseph a coal miner hewer and Sarah Ann Edwards née Hughes and the brother of Lilian (née Edwards) Cook. In 1911 he and his mother lived at 80 Stoney Street Sutton in Ashfield with Lilian Cook and her family. Joseph was born in 1859 at Walsall, Staffordshire, Sarah Hughes was born in 1865 also at Walsall, married on 9th November 1884 in Derbyshire they went on to have 6 children, sadly two were to die in infancy or early childhood.
He was a miner (ganger) at Summit Colliery, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
01 Jul 1916
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196757 - CWGC Website
3035
10 Bowers Yard, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John William Edwards enlisted on 11th November 1914 at Newark, he gave his age as 20 yrs and 7 months, his address as 10 Bowers Yard, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire he stated he was a lamp cleaner at a colliery, posted to the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He embarked from Southampton on 28th June 1915 landing the following day at Rouen. He was killed in action, 1st July 1916, during the attack on Gommecourt, France, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, France. Plot 1, Row L, Grave 27.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John William Edwards - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photo from Notts Free Press July 1916

Courtesy Dennis Weston
    John William Edwards - Photo from Notts Free Press July 1916 Courtesy Dennis Weston