Oliver Cecil Edwards was born about 1895 in Flintshire. The 1901 census records him living with his family at 62, Ewart Street, Mold Junction,Flintshire. Head of the family was Thomas Wilfred Edwards, 37 a Railway Engine Driver. His wife was Sarah 39. They had both been born in Chester. Their listed children Thomas W 16 , Bertie 13, Ada B 10, Harold, 8 and Oliver C 6.
There is a marriage of a Thomas W. Edwards and a Sarah Hewson in 1885. It was a Civil Ceremony performed in Chester, (ROC/19/197). (Possibly them).
The 1911 census tells us that the family had moved to Glendale, Broughton Road, Saltney, Chester. Thomas, 47 was still a Railway Engine Driver and his wife of 27 years, Sarah was 49. She had given birth to 7 children but one, sadly, had died. The children listed in the household were Ada Beatrice, 20 a Dressmaker, Harold Farrington, 18 an Engine Fitter, Oliver Cecil 18 an Engine Cleaner and Godfrey was 9. All the children had been born in Hawarden Parish.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms his regimental information and tells us that his birthplace was Mold, although I think that should have been Mold Junction, Saltney. He enlisted in Chester. His medal Index Card, also on ‘Ancestry’ confirms his medal entitlement.
Oliver Cecil’s Index Card in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden ( card Saltney Ferry F10) tells us that his period of Service was 3 years, 6 months. It confirms his address as “Glendale”, Saltney, Nr, Chester and the card was signed by A. Edwards, possibly Ada.
He is remembered on the Plaque that was formerly sited in St. Mathew’s Church in Saltney Ferry (which was as destroyed by fire in 2008), are now in St Mark’s Church in High Street, Saltney.