Little is known about Edmund during the First World War. He would have been 35 years old at the outbreak of war in 1914.
What we do have is this small leather wallet which he always carried with him, containing the photographs of his wife, Beatrice Elizabeth, and his four daughters - Winifred, Gladys, Phyllis and Kathleen.
A fifth daughter, Sheila, would be born after the war in 1924.
It is thought that Edmund was in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. At some point he was wounded and hospitalised
in Rouen, France, in 1918, after which
he returned home.
After the 'Great War' his daughter Winifred would meet and marry
Robert Speirs Robertson - subject of
much of this WWI section.
Edmund was born in Convent Street, Nottingham. After his marriage in 1901 to Beatrice Elizabeth Shaw the family lived at Hamburg Road & Woodborough Road in Mapperley, Nottingham.
A cousin of Beatrice Elizabeth was William Percy Shaw who died on the
21st November 1918 and is buried in
the St. Pol British Cemetery, France.
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