Every day on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page I take time to commemorate a British soldier. This post will look at three of the men I have remembered recently; from left to right: Norman Edyvean-Walker, James Wheeler, and John Davis.
Norman Edyvean-Walker’s photograph was added recently by NEW1894 and the image dates to 1917 when Norman was serving with the 52nd (Graduated) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment having originally joined the 19th (Public Schools) Battalion. Edcuated at Tonbridge School, Norman was wounded in the knee and leg at Montaubon on the Somme on the 9th August 1916 and returned to the UK. He went on to lead a full and active life centred on his home town of Rugby, and here is a full biography of him here: http://
Norman’s name lives on today through the work of the The Edyvean-Walker and David Lindop Trust.
He joined the Sherwood Foresters in late June or early July 1918 – he would have had little choice in the matter as to which regiment he joined – and was probably overseas within three months. This photograph must therefore date to the second half of 1918 or 1919. Happily, James survived the war and went back home to his family. Thanks to Pauld for uploading the photograph to British Army Ancestors.
This photograph, contributed to British Army Ancestors by Graeme Davis, dates to 1919 and shows John with his soon-to-be wife, Emma Eliza Martin, in Peckham. Is that relief or happiness written across their faces? Probably a combination of both.