EDWARDS, Clement Edward Alexander

Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment.

Born

1898, the eldest son of Colonel Clement Maitland Edwards, Worcestershire Regiment and Mrs. Caroline Mary Edwards of Crazelowman, Tiverton, Devon.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Day Boy” from the age of 14.
January 1913 – July 1916.
He was a member of the school OTC and in January 1915 was promoted to sergeant. 

Service

He passed to Sandhurst in Autumn 1916 and from there was gazetted to the Worcestershire Regiment in August 1917 and in October joined a battalion of his regiment in Macedonia. After being invalided home from Salonica early in 1918 he was sent, on regaining his health, to do home duty in Northumberland. 

Death

5th December 1918 aged 20.
In Northumberland of influenza and pneumonia.

Burial/Commemoration

Halberton (St. Andrews) Churchyard in the North West corner near the wall.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50° 54’ 25.5”N 003°24’59.8”W 
It is a marble cross. The inscription reads “Clement E. A. Edwards. 2nd Lt. Worcestershire Regiment. Aged 20. Not on the Battlefield: Yet none the less – he died for England. Dec 5th 1918.”
The cemetery is at the parish church in the centre of Halberton, on the road from Sandford Peverell to Tiverton.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew WO339/
Blundell’s School Roll of Service Published by the OTC 
“The Blundellian”, December 1918 p425
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5578
Field visit (JEA 26.10.06)

 

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