Edward SAXON
Rank: Private
Number: 35557
Unit: 13th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 6 September 1916
Age: 25
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Edward lived with his parents, Samuel and Sarah Ann, at 7 Gill Street, Brinnington, Stockport. Samuel and Sarah had married between April and June 1890 and, only a few months later, between October and December, Edward was born.

Edward was a committed and active Christian and a member of St Paul's C of E Missionary Society. Until he enlisted into the army, in February 1916, he worked at the Maypole Dairy on Lower Hillgate.

Edward will have only been with the Battalion for a few weeks when, on 1 September, it went into the front line on a tour of duty near the village of Ovillers, in the heart of the Somme battlefield. The Battle of the Somme had started on 1 July and the 13th Cheshires had suffered many casualties early in that month. Edward probably arrived as a replacement. The position they took over was the recently captured "Skyline Trench".

The Battalion's War Diary records that the enemy shelled their positions on most days, causing casualties and the final day of the tour was no exception. The Diary notes that they were relieved by the 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters but that one man had been killed during the day. This was Edward. If ever he had a proper grave, it's location was lost during the course of the War and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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