Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Edmund Strawbridge 1871-1916, age 44

Barnsley Independent 15 April 1916
Thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1871 at Kingstone Place, Barnsley Q3

Son of: George Strawbridge, born at Ingbirchworth about 1831, and died in 1892 age 61, and Elizabeth Strawbridge nee Lees (1832-1885, died aged 54). They married at St Mary's Church in Barnsley on 19th August 1855. At the time of their deaths they both lived at 8 Sykes Street, Barnsley. George and Elizabeth had 10 known children

  • James 1857-1932, age 74
  • Joseph 1859
  • George 1860
  • Hannah 1862
  • Harry 1864-1869, died age 5.
  • Arthur 1867-1869, died age 2
  • Frances 1868
  • Elizabeth Ann 1869
  • Edmund 1871
  • Alfred 1876-1877, died age 13 months. 

Husband of: Harriet Strawbridge nee Harris, born in Lofthouse about 1872 and died in 1955, age 83. The couple married in 1904 in the Sheffield Registration area and had 3 known children: 

  • Elizabeth 1906
  • George 1907
  • Harold 1911 

Military Service: Edmund was a Private in the 3rd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 3911. He had served in the army since 1891. 

Death: 5th April 1916 at Hammerton House Hospital, Sunderland. 
Buried: Barnsley Cemetery in grave E.668. His family grave bears the inscription "Loved in Life, Remembered in Death"
Find a grave link: here 
Commonwealth War Graves Commission link: here  

Notes: On 15th April 1916 The Barnsley Independent reported:
The Last Post
A Boer War Hero
Impressive Funeral
Private Edmund Strawbridge, whose home was at 32 Blenheim Road, Barnsley was buried with military honours at the Barnsley Cemetery on Saturday afternoon last. His death occurred under sad circumstances. Forty-four years of age, he was a time-expired soldier before the war commenced. During twelve years service in the Army he was for a time stationed in India, and later served right through the Boer War. He was then on the Reserve for nine years, and within a few days of the present war commencing he again enlisted, joining the 3rd York and Lancaster Regiment, and has since been on home service. A few weeks ago he was taken ill and died on April 5th from an internal complaint in a Sunderland hospital. Deceased, who was born at Kingstone Place, worked at the Kendal Green Colliery prior to his re-enlistment, and leaves a widow and a family of seven, the eldest of whom is at present serving at the Front. A party of soldiers from Silkstone Camp attended the funeral, and at the graveside three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. The military authorities offered to send a band, but this was not desired by the family. Amongst the floral
tokens were wreaths from the neighbours, deceased being held in great respect. 

Research by KingstoneHistory

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