Philip Eric Edkins

Date of birth: Autumn 1892
Place of birth: Kings Norton, Birmingham
Service No.: 14228
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Battalion: Not known
Died: 16th July 1916
Death location: France


Life before the War
Philip Eric Edkins was the son of Frank and Agnes Edkins.  He was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham in the autumn of 1892.

The 1911 census records the family living at Chalford, St Agnes Road, Moseley.  Frank, who was aged 49, is recorded as a retired Insurance Company Branch Manager.  The family unit consisted of Frank, Agnes, Philip (aged 18) and employed as an Insurance Company Clerk, Frank (aged 14) and Kathleen (aged 8).  The family also employed a domestic servant, Elsie Rogers.

Military Service
Philip arrived in France on 8th January 1916 with his Regiment.  During his time in France he was promoted to Second Lieutenant.  He was killed on 16th July 1917 and is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt Le-Abbe (Grave reference IE14).  Philip was awarded the Victory and British Medals for his service and sacrifice.

The Heilly Station cemetery, one of many designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is the final resting place of 2878 casualties of WWI.  The cemetery was first started in May 1916 and as the burials were carried out under extreme pressure many of the graves contain multiple burials or are too close together to be marked separately.  Some headstones list up to three sets of casualty details.  Where this has occurred regimental badges were omitted and instead have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery.  There are a total of 117 badges recorded in this manner.

Note: Although Philip Edkins is remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph no link to the area has yet been established. If anybody has information which could enable our records to be updated please contact us (using Comments box below).

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

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