Date of birth: 1893 (Q1)
Parents: James and Sarah Edwards
Address: 14 Wedgnock Terrace, The Cape
Philip was baptised at All Saints, Warwick on 23rd February 1893. At the time his parents were living on Pickard Street and James was working as a labourer.
By 1901 the family, consisting of James and Sarah, James Jnr (14, a Telegraph Messenger), Emily (11), Philip (8) and Frank (4) were living on Longbridge Road.
At the time of the 1911 census, the family was living at the Borough Council sewage works where James was an engine driver. The household consisted of James and Sarah, Emily (a dressmaker), Philip (a printer), Frank (a carpenter) and 1-year-old Harry.
This notice, posted in the Roll of Honour in the Warwick Advertiser (below a notice posted by his family) suggests that he may have had a sweetheart, Connie.
Philip’s brother Frank also died.
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 52226
Regiment/Service: 15th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (North Belfast)
Brigade/Division: 107th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Friday, April 26, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battles of the Lys
Commemorated/Buried: Cinq Rues Britsh Cemetery, Nord
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:
Warwick Advertiser 11th November 1916 p16 – Local War Items
Corporal Philip Edwards of this town has been promoted Sergeant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the front.
Warwick Advertiser 23rd December 1916
Sergeant P C Edwards, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr J Edwards of 23 Parkes Street, is now in a Scotch War Hospital, at Bangour, having been wounded in the foot in the great push on the Somme.
Warwick Advertiser 25th May 1918
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- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office