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Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Blackburn, Lancashire

Service No: 9285

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1914-11-03

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 4

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

John Edmundson (correct spelling of surname) was the son of John Charles and Sarah Ann Edmundson, née Harwood. John, senior, was born at Blackburn and Sarah at Yate and Pickup Bank, Lancashire.

1891 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 169, Whalley Range - John Edmundson, aged 7 years, born Blackburn. [John's widowed mother, Sarah Ann and her children were living with her parents, George and Mary Harwood.]

1901 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 4, Shakeshaft Street - John Edmundson, aged 17 years, born Blackburn, son of Sarah Ann Edmundson, widow.

John was married to Lucy Ann Greenwood in 1908.

1911 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 4, Commercial Street - John Edmundson, aged 27 years, born Blackburn, husband of Lucy Ann Edmundson. Infirmity: Deaf.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Edmondson, 9285, Lan. Fus. Theatre of War first served in: [France]. Date of entry therein: 22.8.14. K. in A. 3.11.14.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Edmondson, 9285, 2nd Lancs Fus.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Edmondson, 9285, 2nd Lancashire Fusrs. Date and Place of Death: 3.11.14. In Action. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Blackburn. 20.11.02. Weaver. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Lucy Ann. £3 17s. 0d. Self and children. War Gratuity: Widow - Lucy Ann. £5 0s. 0d. Self and children.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Pte John Edmundson, 9285, Lanc. Fus. Widow: Lucy Ann, born 24.12.80. Children: May Edmundson, born 6.5.09. George Edward, born 12.3.14.

John is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

EDMONDSON, [Kelbrook], 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action in France, Nov. 3, 1914.


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Private John EDMONDSON

Private John EDMONDSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Forename(s): John

Born: Blackburn, Lancs


Enlisted: Blackburn

Number: 9285

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 03/11/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 9285

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 03/11/1914

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‘Blackburn Weekly Telegraph’ (12 December 1914)

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PRIVATE JOHN EDMUNDSON (Lancashire Fusiliers)

Private John Edmundson, latterly of Earby and formerly of Blackburn, was killed in action in France on November 3. He leaves a wife and two children.


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18 December 1914

EDMONDSON – November 23rd [sic], killed in action in France, Pte John Edmondson, of Kelbrook.

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11 October 1914


TO JOIN THE ARMY – The following men here left St. Mary’s Parish, Kelbrook (Vicar, Rev. A. E. Chance), to join the Army or Navy:– Allan Atkinson, John Edmondson, Albert Adams, Geo. Frederick Baldwin, Albert Burbridge, Philip Hodgson, George Ion, Wm. James Little, Arthur Matthews, Dick Slater, James Wormwell, Herman Widdup, Wm. Williamson, Thomas Walsh and Alfred Pickles.

12 December 1914


News has been received this week of the death ‘somewhere in France’ of Private John Edmondson, a resident in the village where he worked as a weaver. The intimation from the War Office confirms a notification previously forwarded by a comrade that Edmondson was killed in action on November 3rd. The deceased man, who was a Reservist in the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, leaves a widow and two children. His dependents have left the village, but previous to their departure were showered with tokens of sympathy and condolences, by whom they were greatly respected.

24 December 1915


Pte. John Edmondson, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action ‘somewhere in France’ on November 3rd 1914. Resided at Kelbrook prior to the war. He left a widow and two children.

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