Joseph Thomas Edge

Rifle Brigade

Personal Details

Born: 6 October 1879 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 12 November the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church.

Family: He was the sixth of eight surviving children of Joseph Edge, a general labourer, and his wife Sarah. He married Sarah Windsor in 1912 in Whitchurch; no children can be located for this marriage.

Residence: The family were living in Newtown, Whitchurch at the time of his baptism; by 1891 they had moved to 25 Egerton Road, Whitchurch where they were still living in 1911. The 1919 Absent Voter’s Register shows an address of 93 Talbot Street, Whitchurch where he was still living in 1939. His address at the time of his death was 41 Talbot Street.

Employment: In 1901 he was a general labourer; in 1911 a lamplighter and in 1939 a grocery shopkeeper.

Died: 9 January 1964 in Whitchurch, aged 84 and buried on 13 January the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Rifle Brigade (previously Welsh Regiment)

Rank: Rifleman

Service Number: 213374 (previously 58696)

Date of Enlistment: Before 7 May 1917

Date of Discharge: After 16 February 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Joseph was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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