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The research for this entry was carried out by Archives Volunteer Betty McCann.

Edgar Rutter was born at Wolverhampton in 1896. His parents were Joseph Rutter, an Iron Moulder, and Emily Ann Rutter, whose occupation was Grocer’s Shop Keeper.

At the time of the 1901 Census Edgar was living at 87 Bilston Street Wolverhampton with his parents, and his brothers Samuel, Joseph, and Frederick, and his two sisters Emily Alice and Minnie. By 1911 the family were living at 3 Salisbury Street Wolverhampton, and Edgar by now had 5 sisters, with the additional family members being Elsie, Dorothy, and Lily Esther. Edgar was now an errand boy.

Edgar enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Regimental Number 9435. His Medal Card shows that he served with the BEF, having disembarked 12-8-14. He was killed on 2nd December 1917, age 21 years. The CWGC website shows his Rank: Corporal, Grave Reference:IV. C. 19. Cemetery: Rocquigny – Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Emily Ann Rutter, of 3, Salisbury St., Wolverhampton.

Edgar’s brother Samuel served in WW1 and has also been the subject of Betty McCann’s researches. A post about him will follow.