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Arthur Wilfred Edwards was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Thomas and Rose Edwards (nee Evans). In 1901, they were at 31 Red Cross Street, when Arthur and his parents were joined by his brothers Thomas, George and Herbert and sisters Rose, Elizabeth and Florence. By 1911, the family were at Ivydene, 192A Waterloo Road, and Arthur had a further brother, David. The household was also joined by Arthur’s grandmother Phoebe Edwards. By this date Arthur had become a grocers assistant. He later worked as a wheelwright for T. Edwards of Long Street, Wolverhampton.

Arthur had some issues with his vision, so he was not enlisted into the Regular Army. However, the War Office saw the need of his skills as a wheelwright, so he was specially enlisted as such on a salary of 5/- a day into the Army Service Corps (number 7842). He served for a grand total of 14 days from 4 to 17 June 1915, when he was discharged.

There are two possible marriages for him – one, to a Marjorie Bromley in 1923, and the second to a Mary A. Evans in 1928. Only the second marriage appears to have produced children. I have not been able to confirm details of Arthur’s death.

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