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Frank was the only son of William James and Lucy Edwards (nee Liptrot) William James was born in Hambleton, Gloucestershire, in 1856 and his wife Lucy, the daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Liptrot, in Northwich, Cheshire, in 1858 (J/F/M Norwich, christened 30 March 1858 St George's Altrincham Cheshire). They were married in 1883 (O/N/D Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire) and had two children, Frank b. 1886 (J/A/S Basford) and Dora b. 1896 (A/M/J Basford). In 1901 William (45), a builders merchant working on his own account, and his wife were living at 28 Epperstone Road, West Bridgford, with their two children Frank (15), a telephone repairer and Dora (5). The family was still living at the same address in 1911; Frank was now a traveller in building materials, presumably assisting in his father's business. Frank married Agnes Richardson (Nancy) and at the time of his death in 1918 they were living at 8 Chaworth Road, West Bridgford. His sister Dora married Douglas Stewart in 1920 (A/M/J Basford). She may have died in 1982 as there is a record of the death on 6 November 1982 of a Dora Stewart of Jasmine Cottage, Wainfleet Bank, Skegness, Lincolnshire, born 22 March 1896, (death registered December Spilsby Lincs). Frank's mother died on 27 December 1938; she and her husband were still living at 28 Epperstone Road, West Bridgford. His father died on 3 January 1944, his address was given on the probate record as 582 Loughborough Road, Birstall, Leicestershire.
He attended Mundella School, Meadows, Nottingham. In 1901 he was a telephone repairer and in 1911 a traveller in builders' materials.
15 Mar 1918
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He enlisted in West Bridgford
Royal Garrison Artillery
Royal Garrison Artillery, 61st Siege Bty. He died of wounds received in action and is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref C.51). Personal inscription on headstone: ‘A dutiful son a devoted husband and father a sincere friend.' He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, 22 March 1918: ‘Edwards. Died of wounds on March 16th 1918, Signaller Frank Edwards, RGA, aged 32, dearly loved husband of AR (Nancy) Edwards, of 8 Chaworth-road, West Bridgford, only son of Mr and Mrs WJ Edwards, 28, Epperstone-road.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Mundella Magazine, Christmas 1918, Roll of Honour: 'Edwards, Frank, Pte, RGA'. Probate: Edwards Frank of 8 Chaworth-road West Bridgford Nottingham private in HM Army died 16 March 1918 in France Administration Nottingham 24 April to Agnes Richardson Edwards widow. Effects £751 4s. 10d. Probate: Edwards Lucy of 28 Epperstone-road West Bridgford Nottinghamshire (wife of William James Edwards) died 27 December 1938 at 51 Loughborough-road West Bridgford Administration Nottingham 2 March to the said William James Edwards retired builder and Dora Stewart (wife of Douglas Stewart). Effects £3377 5s. 6d. Probate: Edwards William James of 582 Loughborough-road Birstall Leicestershire died 3 January 1944 Probate Leicester 13 March to Dora Stewart (wife of Douglas Stewart) and the said Douglas Stewart builders merchant. Effects £3469 14s. 3d.
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