Edwin William Chellingsworth

Rank: Fitter
Service No: 925570

Date of Death:

Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery 1st City of London Bde.
Cemetery Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium



Edwin William Chellingsworth was born in the parish of St Luke’s, Finchley on 28th February 1880. He attended St Mary’s School, Willesden and later Netherwood Street School (later Harben School) in Camden. Between 1899 and 1902, Edwin served with the South African Constabulary, a force raised by the British to maintain order and security in the Orange River Colony and the Transvaal. For this, he was awarded the KSA and QSA medals.

Edwin, aged 29, married Ethel Edith Bird at St Mary’s Church Finchley on the 10th April 1909. The couple moved into 5 Rosemary Avenue, Finchley and Edwin worked as a plumber. He joined  the Royal Field Artillery, though medal rolls list him as being a gunner, rather than a fitter.

He was discharged due to sickness on the 4th March 1918 and returned home to 76 Station Road, Finchley. His discharge papers list him as a man of very good military character, ‘sober, steady and reliable’. The papers also give a rather detailed description of his physical appearance, being 5’10” with brown hair, grey eyes, a sallow complexion and a tattoo on his left forearm.