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Wednesbury, Staffordshire
William Edge was born in 1874 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire and was the son of Samuel and Eliza Edge of 15 Cobden Street Radford. He was the 43 year-old husband of Susannah Edge née Smith whom he married in 1894 in Nottingham they went on to have the following children Hilda b1894 Radford, Harry b1896 Radford and Samuel b1899 Radford. In the 1901 census the family are living at 12 Wilton Street, Radford and are shown as William 27 yrs a coal miner he is living with his wife Susannah and their children Hilda 6 yrs, Harry 5 yrs and Samuel 2 yrs. In the 1911 census William is living with his son Samuel they are boarding at Victoria Street, Somercotes, Derbyshire with Claude Barrowcliffe a coal miner and his wife Clara William is shown as being 36 yrs and a coal miner and his son Samuel is 13 yrs. William states he has been married for 17 yrs and had 3 children, one of which has died.
14 May 1917
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1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private William Edge, enlisted at Derby whilst residing at Radford and served with the 1/5th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. He landed in France 10th December 1915 and he was killed in action 14th May 1917. He is buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay.
In memoriam published 14th May 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “EDGE. – In loving memory of my dear father, Private William Edge, killed in action May 14th, 1917. Time changes many things, loving memory ever clings. – From loving daughter Hilda and husband. “EDGE. – In loving memory of Private William Edge, killed in action May 14th, 1917. Death struck the blow, he in a moment fell, too far away to bid his friends farewell; just like a flower cot [?] in the bloom, and soon was hurried to his doom. He nobly answered duty's call, he gave his life for one and all; but the unknown grave is the bitterest blow, none but aching hears can know. – Loving mother, father, brothers, and sisters (Sam and Fred in France), and friend Ethel. “EDGE. – In loving memory of my dear brother, Private William Edge, killed in action May 14th, 1917. He went at first, he did his best, God grant him now eternal rest. – From loving sister Nellie and husband Albert.” Above in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 His son Pte. Samuel Arthur Edge, 16th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Chatsworth Rifles), was killed in action on 2nd August 1917. Initially reported wounded and missing, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
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