John Simon Edmunds

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 24054
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Lancashire Fusiliers
Battalion: 9th
Died: 26 September 1916 aged 18 / 19 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
John Simon Edmunds was born in Southampton in 1897.

The 1901 census lists his family living at 10 Lime Square, Southampton.  He was one of 5 children:

Emily (the eldest at 13)
William aged 9
Harry aged 7
John aged 4
Alice aged 1

Military Service
John was a Private in the 9th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers having previously served in the Dragoon Guards (service number 3328).

He was killed in action on 26th September 1916.

Johns’ sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier & Face 3C & 3D).

He was awarded the Victory, British and 15 Star medals and is also remembered on the 1920 Roll of Honour.

The 9th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers was formed in August 1914 and placed under the orders of the 34th Brigade (11th Northern Division).  The battalion served in Suvla Bay and Egypt before being moved to France in 1916.  The battalion was disbanded in France on 12th February 1918.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 17th March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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