Private Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards
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Photograph courtesy of Royston Williamson

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Mark Edwards was born at the Rose and Crown Pub, 10 West Street, Dorking in 1881. His father Mark Edwards was the publican. Also residing there was Mark’s mother Roseanna Sarah and his older sisters Fanny and Ellen.

In the 1911 Census he was living with his cousin George Albert Bassington, Ellen and Fanny.  His trade was listed as general labourer, address 9 Rose’s Cottages, Dorking.  By this time both his parents have died. His Mother in 1889 and his Father in 1895. His effects were given to his sister Ellen.



Information has been received of the death while a prisoner of war of Pte. Mark Edwards, Middlesex Regt, a Dorking man much represented by those who knew him. He joined up on March 24th, 1916, and went out to France on July 13th, and four months later was made a prisoner. The intimation of his death has been received through the Central Prisoners of War Committee of the Red Cross Society, according to which Pte. Edwards died in the prisoner’s camp at Hameln, on February 9th. In an updated letter which his fiancee received in Dorking on March 11th, and bears the German postmark of Feb 10th, deceased wrote that he was “alive and well.” No official information has yet been received from our own Government. Pte Edwards was the only son of the late Mr. Mark Edwards, who formerly kept the Rose and Crown in West Street; before joining the Army he was in the employ of the Urban Council. He lived at Rose’s Cottages, and was an old member of the Fire Brigade, having been fifteen years of service to his credit.

Mark Edwards Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser

Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Mark and Roseanna Sarah Edwards
Enlisted Ealing
Regiment 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Number G/44122
Date of Death 9th February 1917
Place of Death Germany
Cause of Death Died in prisoner of war camp
Age 36
Cemetery Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany
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