Robert Edwards

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No 304564
Date of Death 08/05/1918
Age 31
Regiment/Service London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) 5th Battalion.
Memorial Poziers Memorial. It is located in Poziers, a village 6 kms north-east of the town of Albert, France. It relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918. It commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the UK and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918.

 

Robert was born in Enfield, north London, in the first quarter of 1887. His parents were Samuel and Sarah Edwards. He had two older siblings: Emma (b.1891) and Ernest (b.1884).

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family were living in a cottage in Bell Road, Enfield. At the time of the 1901 Census, Robert was living with parents, his older brother and two boarders in a cottage in ‘Laurel House’, Allendale Road, Enfield. Church records indicated that on 28th July 1902 a Mr Edwards gave 5s to the St Paul’s East Window Fund so it possible that the family moved to Finchley soon after the 1901 Census and became members of St Paul’s.  

Robert married Alice Mary Joiner (b. 1888) on 22nd March 1911 at Jesus Church, Enfield. The registers list his occupation as ‘butcher’ and his father’s as ‘machine hand’. The banns were read at St Mary-at-Finchley on 26 February, 5 March and 12 March 1911 so this suggests that Robert was living in Finchley, but not in the St Paul’s parish.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Robert and Alice were living at 22 Heatherton Terrace, Squires Lane, Finchley. Heatherton Terrace was a small row of Edwardian houses set back from Squires Lane. His occupation is listed as ‘butcher in the meat trade’. 

Robert enlisted in Finchley. Nothing is known of his wartime service except that he died of wounds. He left £95 5s 10d to his widow. His last known address was 257 Squires Lane, Finchley.