The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Captain A C Edwards



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Captain Arthur Corbett EDWARDS, 8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, missing at Hulluch between 25th & 27th September 1915, assumed killed in action, age 44.

10th September 1871, born,  Portsmouth, Hampshire, son of James Bevan Edwards & Alice Ann Edwards (nee Brocklebank).

Educated at Eton College & St Edmunds Hall, Oxford.

Extract from - Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War - By Nigel McCrery

At Eaton he was in the First XI playing against Winchester in 1890 but failed to score. In 1895 he represented the Kent Second XI against the Middlesex Second XI, this time scoring 75 and 34 at Hythe. Playing for the Fokestone Cricket Club in June 1911 against Hythe at Folkestone, he scored a big hitting 169. In 1904, playing for Folkestone against Shorncliffe Garrison at Shorncliffe, he bowled unchanged through the home side's innings of 118, taking seven wickets for 45, before going on to score a very respectable 49. He became a member of the M.C.C. in1909. He made 3 first class appearances between September1902 and January 1904. He made his debut first class appearance for the Europeans against the Parseees on 11th September 1902 at Deccan Gymkhana Ground, Poona in a Bombay Presidency match. He scored 1 and 13 and caught J F Umrigar off tge bowling of John Greig for 3. The Europeans won by 4 wickets. He made his second and final first class appearance for the Orange Free State against the Transvaal on 1st January 1904 at the Ramblers Cricket Club Ground, Bloemfontein in the Currie Cup. edwads scored 10 and 0 and took 2 wickets for 59 off 12 overs. Transvaal won by an innings and 327 runs.

January 1900, St George, Hanover Square, London, married Lily Ethelwynn Noel Cuthbert.

Children - Ralph Alan Bevan Edwards, born 3st March 1901, Brompton, baptised 14th May 1901, Holy Trinity, Bropmpton, son of Arthur Corbett, (Captain 3rd Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment), & Lily Etherwynn Noel Edwards, 50 Brompton Square; Richard Barton Corbett Edwards, born 26th July 1902, Elham, Kent; Frances Anne Edwards, born 12th May 1904, Folkestone, Kent. 

1911 Census - Danehurst, Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent - Arthur Corbett Edwards, head, age 39, married, private means, born Cosham, Hampshire; Lily Ethelwyn Edwards, wife, age 36, married 11 years, 3 children, all still alive, born Pretoria, South Africa; Alice Ann Edwards, daughter, age 6, born Folkstone, Kent; Rhoda Cecil? Povey, servant, age 33, single, cook domestic, born Bray, Berkshire; Dorothy Lucy Norman, servant, age 27, single, housemaid domestic, born Muston, Leicestershire; Kezia Grinslead, servant, age 34, single, housemaid domestic, born Folkestone, Kent; Lottie Elizabeth Hais?, servant, age 17, single, housemaid domestic, born Dover, Kent; Emily Henrietta Holloway, servant, age 18, single, nurse domestic, born Shrewsbury, Shropshire; Walter John Houghton, visitor, age 47, married, private means, born Leamington, Warwickshire.

1911 Census - Sutherland House, Windlesham, Camberley, Surrey - Ralph Alan Bevan Edwards, age 10, school boy, born Brompton, London; Richard Barton Corbett Edwards, age 8, school boy, born Folkestone, Kent.

1st September 1915, posted BEF; Spent two days in Boulogne, then marched to the training camp at Etaples; 25th September 1915, marched to Bethune to take part in the Battle of Loos; then ordered to move to Vermelles for a night attack, which was cancelled; The Battalion were ordered to attack the following morning. The attack began at 10.30am and the Battalion were ordered to take an objective at Hulluch. To do this they had to cross a stretch of no mans land more than a mile wide. Despite being badly machine gunned, the West Kents reached their objective, only to discover that the wire in front of it was still intact. Despite this the Battalion continued to engage the Germans from in front of the German wire. The Division to their right then withdrew, having suffered heavy casualties, leaving the right flank open with machine gun fire coming through it. The Germans then started shelling. The Battalion withstood this for four hours before being forced to withdraw, taking further casualties as they did. Their casualties were high and only one officer was left alive to bring them out; the casualty figures were twenty-four officers and 610 other ranks, the highest they had ever suffered. Captain Edwards body was never recovered.

Probate 6th January 1917 - Edwards Arthur Corbett, of Danehurst, Thorncliffe Road, Folkestone. Captain 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, died 25th September 1915, in France. Probate London 6th January to Lily Ethelwyn Noel Edwards, widow. Effects £10,864 19s 9d.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, Pas de Calais, France & in Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.

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