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This blog posting has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website provides the following details for Bertie Frederick Eden:

Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards 1st Bn.,

Rank: Lance Corporal, Service No: 4347.

Date of Death: 25/01/1915

Age: 32

Panel Reference: Panels 2 and 3.A

Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of the late Walter Thomas and Harriet Eden, of Wolverhampton; husband of Sarah Ann Eden, of 38, Village Rd., Aston, Birmingham.

A check carried for information about Bertie via Google, turned up an interesting exchange at the Great War Forum. Nick Giles posted 19th April 2008 about his research into the background of his Great Grandfather, Lance Corporal Bertie Eden 4347.

He served with the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards & was killed in Action at Cuinchy on the 25th January 1915. Is there a way of finding out where he was & what actions he fought in prior to this date? He landed in Le Havre at the end of August 1914 & I have no further information other than the date of his death. If someone could point me in the right direction it would be most appreciated. I’ve looked at the War Diaries so I know where the 1st Battalion fought but I don’t know when he joined up with the Battalion in France.

Information sent to Nick included that his service record had not been amongst those bombed in 1940 and that he probably enlisted in August 1901.

Bertie Eden was baptised on 10th September 1882 at St Andrews Wolverhampton, his father being Walter Thomas Eden and his mother, Harriet. His birth was registered at Wolverhampton in the 2nd quarter of 1882.

At the time of the 1891 Census, Bertie, age 8, Scholar, was living at 312 Bilston Road, Wolverhampton, with his parents, Walter T Eden, age 45, born Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, Occupation Carter, and Harriet, age 50, born Barford, Warwickshire, his sister Annie M Eden age 15 Occupation domestic servant, and his older brother Arthur T Eden, age 11, Scholar. Living with the family as a Boarder was Richard F Shingler, age 16, Occupation General Labourer. All apart from Mr and Mrs Eden were born at Wolverhampton.

The 1901 Census shows Bertie Eden, age 18, a single man, working as a Stoker, and living at 55 Granwell Street All Saints Wolverhampton with his father Walter now age 53, Occupation Bailiff, and mother Harriet age 59, and his brother Arthur age 21, also single, and a packer of Hardware.

At the time of the 1911 census Bertie Frederick Eden was living at 3 Hawthorn Avenue, Wilson Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire, in a 4 room household, the head being James William Barker, age 35, Occupation Stableman at a Brewery, born at Shrawley Worcestershire, and his wife Annie Maria, age 35, born Wolverhampton and their 2 children, Dorothy Mary, age 4, born at Smethwick, and James Thomas William Eden Barker, whose name suggests a possible family link between the Barker and the Eden families, age 2, also born Smethwick. Bertie, age 28, single, Occupation Rubber Worker in the Rubber Industry, born Wolverhampton, was living with the family as a Boarder. Also present on Census day was William George Waring, age 22, single, a visitor, Occupation Plumber, born Wolverhampton.

Bertie’s father Walter Thomas Eden, age 65, was working as a General Labourer, and living at Molineux Chambers North Street Wolverhampton at the time of the 1911 Census, with Harriett his wife, now age 70, and 3 Visitors, Sarah Jauncey, age 28, single, born Hereford, Occupation Cook/Domestic Servant, Mary Elizabeth Constable, age 48, married, occupation Monthly Nurse, born Bloxwich Staffordshire, and Charles Edwards age 29, single, occupation Machinist born Wednesbury Staffordshire.

Bertie Eden’s marriage to Sarah A Jauncey was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th Quarter of 1912. It seems that there were 2 children of the marriage. Registered at Aston, in the quarter ended December 1913 was Frederick T Eden, Mother née  Jauncey, and in the quarter ended June 1915, Doris L Eden Mother née Jauncey, was also registered at Aston, having been born after the death of her father in France in 1915, and the death of her grandmother Harriet Eden, whose death at the age of 74 was registered at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended December 1914. The  death of Walter T Eden, Bertie’s father at the age of 71 was registered at Aston in the quarter ended June 1917.

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