Edmund WARD
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Number: 1577
Unit: A Company, 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 13th November 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Lonsdale Cemetery, Authille, Somme, France

Edmund was the second son of Mrs Jane Ward, 70 Osborne Road, Stockport. He had been educated at Stockport Commercial School and, around this time, was a choirboy at St Thomas' Church. On leaving school, he went to work as a clerk for the London & North West Railway Company, at Edgeley (now Stockport) Station. As an adult, he became a sidesman at St John's Mission Church. He also joined the Territorials and was mobilised when war broke out in August 1914. Click here to read details of the Battalion's early months of service.

Edmund was killed in his unit's first major attack described here. The Captain commanding "A" Company wrote to the family saying Edmund had been killed by shrapnel. "He was the last man I spoke to in the assembly trench and we went forward together as soon as the attack started, after which I missed him in the mist. The Regiment and "A" Company have lost in him one of their best warrant officers. I knew him as CQMS as well as sergeant-major and he excelled in both positions. He was most conscientious and always had the interests of the men at heart. He lies buried in a military cemetery near three of our officers who fell the same morning. He died like a true British soldier than which there is no finer end."

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