Walter Edwards

Date of birth: 5th August 1885
Place of birth: Margate
Regiment / Division: Royal Air Force
Squadron: 30th
Rank / Service No: Serjeant, 340327
Died: 7th August 1920, aged 35 years
Buried: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq (Plot VIII, Row F, Grave 7)


Walter was the tenth of 11 siblings born to Charles and Eliza Edwards (nee Walker), who married in Kent on 2 April 1869.

Charles was born in St. Lawrence, Kent in 1850; he died in London in 1909.

Eliza was also born in 1850, in Birchington, Kent and she passed away in Hackney in 1919.



Charles Sydney   b. 1869 Margate   d. 1928 Hackney   Married Elizabeth Noakes in Walworth on 8 October 1894.

Edward GEORGE   b. 1871 Margate   d. 1935 Camberwell   Married Edith Blanche Broomfield in Walworth in 1894.

Florence   b. 1872 Margate   d. ??

Arthur William   b. 1874 Margate   d. 1925 Camberwell   Married Annie Edwards in Southwark on 23 August 1897.

Frederick Alexander   b. 1877 Margate   d. ??

Ethelbert Ernest   b. 1878 Margate   d. 22 July 1919 Walworth   Married Annie Elizabeth Jipps in Walworth in 1904.

Ethel   b. 1879 Margate   d. ??

Frank   b. 1881 London   d. 1936 Hackney

Lilian Louisa   b. 1882 London   d. 1928 Winchcomb   Married Charles Alfred Richardson in Kensington in 1910.


Alice Maud   b. 1888 Reading   d. ??


Walter married Eliza Biddlecombe in Southampton on 20 May 1907. Eliza was born in Cadnam in 1881 and she passed away in Weymouth on 21 August 1964.

The couple had 4 children; the spacing of the births shows that Walter must have had plenty of leave prior to leaving for Iraq ! The family lived in Bedford Place.


Winifred Ida   b. 19 August 1907 Southampton d. 1984 Weymouth

Frank William   b. 14 June 1913 Southampton   d. 2003 Southampton   Married Gladys V. Ryder in Southampton in 1953.

Albert George   b. 1916 Southampton   d. 15 May 1944 Battle of Cassino, Italy   Married Madge K. Moody in Southampton in 1939.

Gladys May   b. 21 October 1918 Southampton   d. 1998 Southampton   Married James H. Hewlett in Southampton in 1940.


Walter’s squadron was part of the North Persia Force (Norperforce) deployed in Northern Iran in 1919.

The Brigade consisted of many different battalions, most of the infantry being made up of Indian battalions.


As happened to many of the European servicemen in Iraq at the time, Walter died of heatstroke on 7 August 1920.


His headstone stated: “Gone from us but not forgotten, never shall his memory fade.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 14th July 2016


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