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Captain, 2nd/6th Lancashire Fusliers.

Killed in action 13th June 1917, age 28.

Buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery.

Former student of engineering.


 

Edwin, born 1889, was the youngest son of Arthur Edwin, a cotton bleacher and dyer, and Lillie Jones of Cheadle Hulme. He was a member of Hart House at Sedbergh School from 1903 to 1907, a Prefect and cricketer he was known as “a boy of strong character and untiring energy, he threw himself whole-heartedly into everything he did, and was sometimes rewarded by unexpected success” with a “warm-hearted nature” which “won him many friends”. He studied engineering at Manchester University and then served as an apprentice at Mather and Platt before becoming director of the Cowey Engineering Co. at Kew.

Soon after the outbreak of war Edwin joined the Lancashire Fusliers, was quickly promoted to captain and served as adjutant to his battalion for a considerable time. He was killed near Festubert, France, while collecting his men together to return to their lines following a successful raid on the German lines after the smoke barrage protecting them lifted too early and exposed them to gun fire. A shot to the head resulted in instant death. His body was recovered and buried. He left effects worth £311 7s 9d to his father.