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The CWGC records “AKERS E Rank: Private Service No: 20780 Date of Death: 23/04/1917 Regiment/Service: King’s Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Bn. Grave Reference: XIX. G. 2A. ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY.” The Wolverhampton Roll of Honour has “Akers Edward Private 2nd K.O.S.B.”

The Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919 Transcription shows his birth place, residence and enlistment place as Wolverhampton, and Cause of Death “Died”, Death Place France and Flanders.

No trace could be found of any of his military records, nor of a Medal Roll Index Card.

The birth of Edward Akers was registered at Wolverhampton in the second quarter of 1886, and the baptism records for St Pauls Wolverhampton show that he was baptised there on May 28th 1896, his parents being William, a Brass Dresser and Elizabeth, and their Abode is recorded as Brickkiln Street.

The 1901 Census recorded Edward age 4 living with his parents William age 47, and Elizabeth age 45, at 138 Great Brickkiln Street Wolverhampton and siblings William H age 24, Locksmith, George age 22, and Frederick age 20 Brass Dressers like their father, Harriet age 17 Dressmaker, Charles age 15 Apprentice in Shoe Trade, Elizabeth age 12 Selina age 9 and Albert age 6. All were born at Wolverhampton except George recorded as born at Bradmore.

By 1911 the household was still living at 138 Great Brickkiln St but had reduced to the parents William and Elizabeth, Charles age 25 “Agent,” Selina age 19, a Polisher, and Albert age 16, and Edward age 14 both Occupation “Warehouse.”