Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

W Edwards (1891 - 1916)

William Edwards was born in Bridgnorth on 1st April, 1891. He was baptised at St Leonardís on 12th July, the son of William, a shoe maker, and his wife, Jane. The family lived in Moat Street.

On leaving school, William worked as a general labourer. At some time after 1911 he emigrated to Canada. He volunteered for the Canadian Army on 8th February, 1915. He was unmarried and was still working as a labourer. He joined the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.

William was killed in action on 13th June, 1916 on which day his division was involved in heavy fighting during the Battle of Mount Sorrel. He is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Ypres.

The death of Private Edwards, 402730, was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 1st July, 1916.

[Bridgnorth Journal 1st July, 1916]
Mr & Mrs Edwards of 5 Moat Street, Bridgnorth, have received official information that their son, 402730 Private William Edwards, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, was killed in action [at] Mount Sorrell on the 13th ult. Deceased was [24] years of age.

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