Edward Robert Small

Rank Private
Service No G/20007
Date of Death 26/02/1917
Age 40
Service/Regiment The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 7th Battalion.
Memorial Thiepval Memorial, France. This memorial to the missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

Edward Robert Small was born to James Edward Small (b. 1845) and Edith Amelia, nee Lewis (b. 1850) on January 6th 1877. He was baptised at St Mary's Bryanston Square, Westminster on 7th February 1877 with his brother, Arthur Vivian (b.1875). Besides Edward and Vivian, his parents had five other children: Amy Edith (b.1873), Kate Evelyn (b.1881), Marguerite Esme (b. 1888) and twins, Percy Howard and Arnold Rowland (b.1893). On 13th May 1888, Edward's sister, Marguerite Esme was baptised in St Paul’s Finchley by the vicar. The baptism register states that the family was living at Stamford Villa, Long Lane, Finchley and that the father’s occupation was umbrella manufacturer.

In 1901, the family were still living at Stamford Villa. They appear in the parish records of autumn 1902 in connection with their financial giving to the church's East End Window fund. This suggests that they may well have members of St Paul's and regular worshippers.

From the 1911 Census it is clear that Edward’s father had died since the 1901 Census as his mother is listed as a widow. She and all her children were now living at 26 Woodview Gardens, Archway Road, Highgate. Edward is aged 34, single and working as an insurance clerk. Arthur was a bank clerk, Amy was a civil service clerk and Marguerite was a civil service telegraphist. The twins, Percy and Arnold, were employed as a bank clerk and a mercantile clerk (in exports) respectively. Shortly thereafter, Edward married Margaret, nee Brown (1880-1960). They had four children – a girl, two boys and a girl named Dorothy (1915-1996).

Edward was killed in action. At the time of his death, his wife was living at 6 Holmwood Gardens, Finchley, very close to where St Luke's Finchley was located in Mountfield Road. When probate was granted Margaret received a total of £1,015 from her husband. Interestingly, Edward is one of only two people listed on both the St Paul's and St Luke's war memorials.