Rank: Gunner
Number: 117002
Unit: X, 46th Trench Mortar Battery ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 24 May 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Edwin’s parents, John and Anne, had married in the early 1890s at St Mary’s Church, Cheadle. He is thought to have been their only child. In 1901, when a national census was taken, the family was living at 22 Florist Street, Adswood.

In 1917, whilst possibly on leave from the army, Ernest married his fiancée, Annie Carney, at Mount Tabor Church, Wellington Road, Stockport.

Trench mortars were a new invention of warfare and were designed to fire with a steep trajectory which would then drop their shells vertically into an enemy trench system. Their main targets were defensive strongholds or machine gun points.  

Edwin was in a military hospital on the Channel coast when he died and may have been there for some time. It is known that he had been badly wounded in action but it has not been possible to establish when or under what circumstances.

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