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Arthur EDMONDSON

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Surname: EDMONDSON

Forename(s): Arthur

Place of Birth: Burnley, Lancashire

Service No: 140469

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 32nd Battalion

Division: 32nd Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1918-11-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: In North part.

CWGC Cemetery: COWLING (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Arthur Edmondson was the son of Harry and Harriet Emma Edmondson, née Taylor. Harry was born at Brighouse and Harriet at Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire.

1891 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 34, Waterbarn Street - Arthur Edmondson, aged 2 months, born Burnley, son of Harry and Harriet E. Edmondson.

1901 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 5, Redvers Street - Arthur Edmondson, aged 10 years, born Burnley, son of Harry and Harriet E. Edmondson.

1911 Burnley, Lancashire Census: 19, Redvers Street - Arther [sic] Edmondson, aged 20 years, born ( - ), son of Harry and Harriet E. Edmondson.

Arthur was married to Mary Wilks in 1912.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur Edmondson, 34613, Lan. Fus.; 140469, M.G.C.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arthur Edmondson, 34613, Lan. Fus.; 140469, M.G.C. Died 17.11.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte A. Edmondson, 140469, 32nd Btn. M.G.C. Date and Place of Death: 17.11.18. [No place of death given.] To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Mary. £18 15s. 3d.

Arthur was gassed at Humbercamps (Pas-de-Calais), on the 9th April 1918 (see: View Additional Text).

Early in 1918 Machine Gun Battalions were formed. This was done by bringing 4 Machine Gun Companies together to form a battalion. The battalion then took the number of their Division.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

EDMONDSON, Arthur, 33, Middleton, [Cowling], died from pneumonia, Alnwick, Nov. 16, 1918.

EDMONDSON, Arthur, M.G.C., 33, Middleton, [Cowling], died from pneumonia Nov. 16, 1918.

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Private Arthur EDMONDSON

Private Arthur EDMONDSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 32nd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 32nd Division

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Surname: EDMONDSON

Forename(s): A

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 140469

Rank: Private

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

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Age: 27

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Died Date: 17/11/1918

Additional Information: (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: PEACE PERFECT PEACE)

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War Diary (WO 95/2385/4) of the 32nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps

HUMBERCAMP[S] 9/4/18

Casualties Lt J. H. Elder. Gassed
2/Lt E. G. Lord. Gassed
14. O.R. Gassed
1. O.R. S. I. W. (At duty).
1. O. R. Missing.

Situation normal. Night quiet. 11[th]. Machine Gun Squadron withdrawn from line and machine gun defence re-adjusted as per. O.O. 19.

Chain of ammunition supply established as per Instructions No. 7.

Our MGs. Fired 1250 rounds harassing fire.

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Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling

Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling

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Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling

Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling

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22 November 1918

COWLING – A SOLDIER VICTIM TO PNEUMONIA

Private Arthur Edmondson, of the Machine Gun Corps, of 13 Middleton, Cowling, succumbed to septic pneumonia, following influenza, at the Military Hospital, Alnwick, Northumberland, on Saturday last. Private Edmondson joined the Forces at Brierfield on the 30th May 1915, and went out to France in the following October and was severely gassed on the 9th of April last, and from which he had not recovered. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) at the Cowling Parish Church, with military honours, a firing party attending from Bradford. He is survived by a widow and two children.

10 June 1927

COWLING – SOLDIERS’ LAST RESTING PLACE

Government tombstones have been sent to the Cowling Parish Churchyard to mark the last resting place of four men who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War. The stones are neatly shaped and of good material, and bear suitable inscriptions, and the relatives of the deceased are highly pleased with the good taste shown by the authorities in their selection. The following are the deceased servicemen thus represented:–

SAPPER WALTER SNOWDEN, who died at Weymouth on October 30th 1917, in his 34th year; as a result of an attack of pneumonia, was attached to the Royal Engineers, and before joining the Army was in business in Cowling as a plumber and glazier. He belonged to a well-known Cowling family who have resided in the locality for several generations. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Snowden, now of Sutton-in-Craven, but formerly of Lower Leys Farm, near Cowling. He left a widow, one son and one daughter, who live in Cowling at the present time.

PRIVATE JOSEPH REDMAN, of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry died at Salop on May 18th, 1916, at the age of 29. He was a native of Cowling, the fourth son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elias Redman, who were well-known for their interest and activity in connection with the Ickornshaw Wesleyan Church. Before joining up he was employed as an insurance agent in Manchester, and left a widow and one son in that city. Private Redman was brought up in Cowling, and was at one time eminently connected with the Dramatic Society, whilst he was also associated with the Ickornshaw Wesleyan Church and Sunday School.

PRIVATE ARTHUR EDMONDSON, of the Machine Gun Corps, passed away in hospital on November17th, 1918, in his 28th year. He went through some severe fighting in France and Belgium, during two years of active service, and was badly gassed, which injury caused his death. He was a native of Burnley, being the second son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Henry Edmondson, of Burnley, and left a wife and two children who now reside in Cowling.

PRIVATE J.H. MASLIN, of the East Lancashire Regiment, died in hospital at Edmonton on January 3rd, 1920, at the age of 41. He was three years on active service in France, and saw a good deal of fighting. He was a native of Brierfield, near Nelson, and was the son of Mrs. C. Broughton, now of 5 Bird Street, Brierfield. He formerly lived in Nelson, bur removed to Cowling, where his widow, one son and one daughter, now reside.

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22 November 1918

Cowling Soldier’s Death

Mrs. Arthur Edmondson, of 33, Middleton, Cowling, has received news of the death of her husband, Pte. Arthur Edmondson, of the Machine Gun Corps. The death took place on Saturday last at the Military Hospital, Alnwick, from pneumonia. Pte. Edmondson was severely gassed last April. He enlisted at Brierfield in May, 1915, and went out to France in October, 1915. Besides his widow he leaves two children. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) at the Cowling Pariah Church. A firing party from Skipton were present, and the body was interred with full military honours.

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