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Edward was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the eldest son of Herbert and Agnes Meynell. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 1 Oak Crescent, along with siblings Madeline, Margaret, Cuthbert, and Laurence. They later lived at Eagle House, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton. The family were in charge of Meynell & Sons Ltd.

Edward became a Captain in the 5th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross for leading his Company in a brave action. Unfortunately the same action, on 4 October 1918, also resulted in his death. He is commemorated at Tincourt New British Cemetery and there is a plaque in his honour at St Mary and St John’s Church in Snow Hill. Further details about the family Business, including a photograph of Edward, can be found here.