Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Albert Edwards was born in the 1st quarter of 1877 in Shipley, Surrey to Edward and Mary Ann Johnson.
At the time of the 1891 Census, Albert Edwards was a boarder of farmer William Witington at Calebs Brook, Kirdford, Sussex. Albert was working as an agricultural labourer.
At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Ranmore Farm, Little Bookham, Surrey.
Albert married Annie Ethel Giles, on the 24th of December 1904 at St Paul’s Church in Dorking. At the time of their wedding Albert was working as a deliveryman and lived at Flint Hill, Holmwood, Surrey. Annie lived at 61 Orchard Road, Dorking.
Annie was born in the 2nd quarter of 1880 in Forest Green, Surrey to Ephraim, born about 1837 in Shere, Surrey and Alice, born about 1846 in Surrey. At the time of the 1901 Census, Annie’s family lived at 61 Orchard Road in Dorking. Ephraim was working as a farm labourer and carter and Alice was at home. The household further comprised of their daughters: housemaid Mary and cook Annie Ethel.
Albert Edwards had three children: Annie Kathleen born on the 25th of August 1905 in Dorking and baptised on the 1st of October 1905 at St Martin’s Church, Dorking. Albert William born on the 29th of November 1906 in Dorking and baptised on the 20th of January 1907 at St Martin’s Church in Dorking. Gwendoline F. Edwards was born in the 2nd quarter of 1914 in Dorking.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Albert and his family lived at 2 Punch Bowl Lane in Dorking. Albert was working as a farm labourer and Annie was looking after their children: Albert and Annie. The household further comprised of Annie’s father Ephraim. The accommodation had two rooms.
Albert enlisted on the 28th of May 1917 in Guildford, Surrey into the Army Veterinary Corps. He was a Private with regimental number: SE/28777. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Dorking and was working as a gardener and stableman. He was over 5ft tall, had a pale complexion, brown eyes and grey hair. His address was 19 Church Street, Dorking.
He was the part of the British Expeditionary Force in France from the 14th of March 1918 to the 3rd of August 1918.
He was diagnosed with a tumour on the left side of his neck and admitted into the 3rd Stationary Hospital in the field on the 21st of July 1918 in France.
Albert was sent to England on the 4th of August 1918 and admitted into the War Hospital, Clapton, Stratford on Avon and then on the 14th of August 1918 into the 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
He was discharged from the Army on the 17th of September 1918 in Woolwich, as he was no longer physically fit for War Service. At the time of his discharge he was part of the Army Veterinary Corps, Woolwich Depot.
Albert died from the neck tumour on the 5th of September 1919 in Dorking, Surrey.
He was buried on the 9th of September 1919 at Dorking Municipal Cemetery. His cemetery reference number is: 17.9464D. He was 42 years old.
His headstone bears the inscription: “Peace Perfect Peace”.
His wife Annie later lived at 7 Horsham Road, Dorking, Surrey.
Albert’s brother Arthur Edwards was killed in action on the 13th of June 1918 on board of HMAV Patia sunk by the German submarine in Bristol Channel.
|Son of||Edward and Mary Edwards|
|Husband of||Annie Ethel Edwards of 7 Horsham Road, Dorking|
|Father of||Annie Kathleen, Albert William and Gwendoline|
|Regiment||Army Veterinary Corps|
|Date of Death||5th September 1919|
|Place of Death||Dorking, Surrey|
|Cause of Death||Tumour on his neck|