Edwin ROOTH
Rank: Private
Number: 266151
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 27 March 1918 (see below)
Age: 21
Cemetery: Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny, Pas de Calais, France

Edwin's mother, Mary Elizabeth, originated from Stockport but, at the time of the 1901 Census, she was working as a domestic servant in Warrington. She had been there for some time as Edwin had been born there. She appears to have been unmarried.

By the time of the war, they are believed to have returned to the Stockport area and were living at 3 Ardern Street in the Higher Hillgate area of town. Edwin enlisted here and his original service number, 3288, suggests this was in 1915. The number is consistent with him joining the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires - and still being with them when his six-digit number was issued at the beginning of 1917. At some later point, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion.

Edwin was killed during fighting described here. His date of death is officially recorded as above. However, by that date the Battalion was in reserve and had moved away from the Beugny area. It is thought that, in the chaos of the retreat, a simple error of recording has occurred. Edwin was, almost certainly, killed on either the 24th or 25th.

   
           
   
     
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