On 22 December 1877, Edward’s parents – John Edwards and Elizabeth Roberts – were married at the Parish Church in Caerfallwch, Flintshire. Both gave their residence at the time of marriage as Berth Ddu. Both born in Rhosesmor, Flintshire, and of mining families, they soon started their own family with the birth of their first child in 1878. Over the course of their marriage they had thirteen children altogether, with eleven surviving – Harriet, Arabella, Hannah, Daniel, Catherine, Margaret, Edward (born 1895), Thomas, John, Harold and Gertie.
In 1881 the family were living at Top of Wern, Northop. By 1891 they were back at Berth Ddu, Northop, and were still there in 1901, by which time Edward was six years old. His father, John, was still working as a lead miner.
By 1911 Edward and his sister Arabella had moved out of the family home and were living at Lletty’r Eos Farm, Edward was a farm labourer and Arabella was a housemaid. Their parents and younger siblings were now living at Rock Cottages, Hendre, Mold.
In March 1916 John, Edward’s father, died and was buried at Rhydymwyn.
Edward’s date of death is given as 16 August 1916, aged 21. CWGC.org show his additional information as being the ‘Son of Elizabeth Edwards, of 6 Mill Terrace, Hendre, Mold, Flints, and the late John Edwards’. UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, states that he was killed in action, and that his place of birth was Rhosesmor, his residence was Rhydymwyn.
Edward is also commemorated on the Rhosesmor Memorial.
Edward’s CWGC record can be found here.
An online memorial to Edward can be found here.
–1881: Class: RG11; Piece: 5505; Folio: 48; Page: 12
–1891: Class: RG12; Piece: 4607; Folio: 52; Page: 11
–1901: Class: RG13; Piece: 5211; Folio: 52; Page: 6
–1911: Class: RG14; Piece: 33941; Schedule Number: 14
-Flintshire WW1 records: Ref: D/DM/181 RHYDYMWYN F1, available from Flintshire.gov.uk
-Casualty details available from cwgc.org
-MIC and SDGW available from Ancestry.co.uk or Findmypast.co.uk
-Parish marriage, baptism and burial records available at Flintshire Records Office, Hawarden, or original images are available to view at Findmypast.co.uk
-Many record indexes can be found for free at freebmd.org.uk or familysearch.org