Edwin Northover was born circa 1886 in Overton, Flintshire the 2nd son of George Gale & Mary Ann Northover.
Edwin is first seen on the 1891 census living with his family at Toll Gate Place, Overton, Flintshire. Head of the household is George Gale Northover , 34, a Coachman, born in West Milton, Dorsetshire. His wife Mary Ann, 29 had been born in Lynington, Hampshire. Their eldest son, Ernest, was 7 years old and deaf and dumb, he had been born in North Curry, Somerset. Edwin, 5, and sister Louisa, 3 had both been born in Overton, Flintshire.
1901 shows the family now living in Penyllan Street, Overton, Flintshire, George G. Northover, 44 was now an Assurance Agent, his wife Mary A., 39, was a Manageress in a Cocoa House (Coffee House) and tells us she was born in Pennington, Hampshire. Ernest, 17, was a Boot & Shoemaker’s Apprentice, he is still shown as deaf and dumb. Edwin, 15 was a Draper’s Apprentice and a new member of the family was Olive, age 3, born in Overton, Flintshire.
Edwin Married in the June quarter of 1908 to Alice Stockton (EllesmereVol. 6a, Page 1584) and on the 1911 census they were living at 2, Sunnyside, Chirk, St. Martin, Shropshire (4 rooms). Head of the household was Edwin, 25 and his wife Alice, 23, born in Worthenbury, Flintshire and they tell us that they had been married for 2 years and 2 children had been born to the, both still living. They were Kathleen Mary age 2 and Madeline Pearl, 3 months old, both of whom had been born in St. Martins, Shropshire.
Edwin’s parents and siblings were still in Overton, living in High Street, which had 7 rooms. George Gale, 54 tells us that he was a Commission Agent (Prudential Ass. Comp.) The whole family were industrious as Mary Ann, 49, was now a Housewife & Boot Shop Assistant in Shop (does this mean they had a Shoe shop?). Son Ernest, 27and single was a Boot Repairer on his own account, inserted at the side of his details was – “Deaf & Dumb 2 years old.” Louisa, 23, Single was a School Teacher (Flintshire County Council) and Olive, 14 was a “School Girl.”
Edwin’s mother Mary Ann was to die and was buried at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Overton on the 17th August, 1918 age 57 years. Her address was given as Salop Street, Overton.
Edwin’s Flintshire WW1 Index Cards (Overton F 19) gives his address as Mossleigh,Overton, Ellesmere and his father wrote details as – “37635 R.F.A. Gunner Period of Service August – 1915 – October 1918 Badly wounded June 11th 1917. 11 months in Hospital. Had V.D.H.* returned to France May 1918. Deceased. Wounded 4th October 1918 Leg amputated & died Oct 24th 1918. Card signed by G.G. Northover, his father, on the 10th December 1919.”
*I asked the Army Forum what this meant and I had a reply straight away, it means Valvular Disease of the Heart, see http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/what-were-vdh-and-dah/
Edwin Northover in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 on Ancestry.co.uk tells us that he was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, but as you read in his story above, all the evidence shows that he was born in Overton, Flintshire, he also enlisted in Liverpool.
Edwin Northover in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he died of his wounds and his Legatees were his widow Alice who received £13 9s 8d on the 1st January 1919 and his widow Alice and children received £2 18s 4d on the 3rd April 1919. His widow Alice received his War Gratuity of £14 10s on the 13th December 1919.
Edwin Northover in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his Theatre of War was France and he “Qualified” on the 28th November 1915, meaning that was when he arrived in France.
Edwin was to suffer greatly, he was badly wounded, as his father tells us and then after spending 11 months in hospital had Valvular Heart Disease, which if you read the article mentioned above, means that he was probably worn out, as so many of the soldiers were then he was wounded on the 8th October 1918 and after having his leg amputated must have suffered for 20 days.
I asked the Invision Army Forum on http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?/topic/248312-vdh-what-is-this/#comment-2504986 about Edwin and Craig kindly sent me this information:-
“Hi Mavis, There is a transcribed admission/discharge record for him on Forces War Records, which says he was serving with 178 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery when he was admitted, and then discharged, to either 29 or 46 Casualty Clearing Station from 149 Field Ambulance on 8th October 1918 suffering with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. 1500 units of anti-tetanus serum was administered. The record seems to derive from 149 FA, so I guess that they might have been evacuating to whichever of the two CCSs, were ‘open’/had capacity, and were accepting wounded. On 8th October 1918, the war diary for 149 FA shows that they were based at/near Louverval, and that they admitted 41 wounded, and 167 men sick. 149 FA seem to have been working under the structure of 63 (Royal Naval) Division. It might be worth having a look at the diary for the Assistant Director Medical Services, 63 (Royal Naval) Division to see if it has anything in the appendices about the FA to CCS evacuation arrangements, to see if it can help with the 29/46 CCS issue. It might be though that his leg was actually amputated further down the evacuation chain.
There does appear to be a slight issue with the dates of wounding of 4th October (per your reference of Flintshire Index Cards), and the FWR transcript of being ‘processed’/reaching/moved by 149 FA on 8th October.
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