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Edward James, known as 'Ted'. was born in 1897 in Nottingham, he was the only son of Thomas a brick layers labourer and Sarah Elizabeth Savage née Smith of 152 Ilkeston Road, Radford, Nottingham. He had one sibling, a sister, Lily May born in 1899 also in Nottingham. His father Thomas was born in 1872 in Nottingham, his mother Sarah Elizabeth Smith was born in 1876 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, they were married in 1895 in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at 16 Hornbuckle Street, Radford and are shown Thomas 39 yrs head of the family , a bricklayers labourer, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 35 yrs a lace hand and their two children Edward 14 yrs an errand lad in the lace industry and Lilly May 12 yrs a scholar.
01 Jul 1916
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1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Edward Savage enlisted in Nottingham , he served with the 1/7th battalion Sherwod Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) regiment. He landed in France on 25th Februaury 1915 .He was reported missing after the first day of the Battle of the Somme in the Gommecourt area,but his death was not confirmed until the following year. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A).
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged) 12 March 1917: 'Savage. Missing since July 1st 1916, now reported killed in action, Private E Savage (Ted), age 19, only son of Mr and Mrs J Savage, 8 Norton Street. Father, mother, only sister Lily.' a letter from Pte. Edward Savage, 1/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles), was published thanking George Henry Sowter, secretary of Pinxton Victoria Football Club for the gift of cigarettes purchased after a charity football match. “Having a few minutes to spare, I have decided to write you a line or two to let you now the high appreciation with which your cigarettes were welcomed this last spell we have had in the trenches. We have just come out after ten days of miserable weather and exposure, but after twelve months of trench life [2] I have now spent (without once seeing England and home) it seems more of a trade than anything else. Still, as long as we get plenty of cigarettes we keep smiling. We cannot, as a rule, buy English cigarettes out here, but the different funds and private issues serve us very well.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Article published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 5th April 1916 :-
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