Born: 4 December 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 19 December 1883 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.
Family: He was one of six surviving children born to Arthur Edwards, a railway labourer and his wife Harriet. No marriage can be found for John.
Residence: From the time of his baptism in 1883 until 1891 his family were living in Waymills, Whitchurch. In 1911 he was a boarder living at 36, Bargates, Whitchurch,this continued to be his address until at least 1939.
Employment: From 1904 until the time of his Attestation he was working as a platelayer for the London & North Western Railway. In 1939 his occupation was a lengthman with the railway engineering maintenance staff.
Died: Not known
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Service Number: 210112 (previously WR261544)
Date of Enlistment: 6 February 1916
Date of Discharge: 17 November 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation
Other Information: John`s brother, Thomas, also served in WW1.