Edward Biddlecombe

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 33331
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Royal Berkshire
Battalion: 6th (Service) battalion
Died: 12 October 1917, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Life before the War

Edward was the only child of Edward John and Jane Biddlecombe (nee Randall), who married in Southampton in 1889. The family lived at 25 Alfred Street, St. Mary’s. Both Edward John and Jane were born in the city, Edward in 1869 and Jane in 1871. It is believed that they probably divorced in the mid to late 1890’s, because there is evidence of a Jane Biddlecombe remarrying.

Both dates of death are unknown.

War Service

The Battalion was raised at Reading in September 1914 as part of the K2 New Army. It joined the 53rd Brigade of the 18th (Eastern) Diviison, which arrived in France on 26 July 1915. The Division was concentrated around Fleselles in France, before moving to Flanders in mid 1917.

It seems reasonably certain that Edward would have perished during the fierce fighting of the Third Battle of Ypres, fought between July and November 1917.

Tyne Cot marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium, until nearly the end of the war. T

he Memorial holds the name of nearly 35,000 servicemen whose graves are unknown.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: Insert date story uploaded to SCF&FG

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