Rank: Sapper
Number: 81396
Unit: 64th Field Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 23 March 1917
Age: 34
Cemetery: Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France

Edward Yarwood came from a family which had lived in the Marple area for many years. His father, John, and mother are believed to have died some time before the War. In 1911, he married Anne Renshaw at St Martin’s Church and they are thought to have set up home at 3 Goyt Bank, Marple Bridge, where they would have two children together.

He worked for a builder and, when he enlisted into the army in early 1915, it was probably no surprise that he found himself in the Engineers where his skills could be put to good use. He went overseas on active service on 10 November 1915.

With the winter over, the thaw brought its own problems for the infantry in the trenches. Parapets would collapse as would dug-outs. There was a need for the Engineers to come in and get to work, shoring up, making safe and, generally, improving the defences. On the day, he was killed that was the work Edward was undertaken. He was probably killed by random enemy shellfire.

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