John Eddies was born circa 1894 in Tilstock, Salop, the son of John & Elizabeth Eddies and on the 1901 census he was seen for the first time living with his family at Hollinwood, Whixall, Shropshire. John’s father John was referred on the census as John Junior, so the name John had passed down the family, he was age 36 and a Moss labourer (an earlier census shows his Grandfather John was a Peat Labourer born in Hanmer, Flintshire) but he had been born in Whixall, Salop. John’s mother Elizabeth, 36 had been born in Dudley Worcestershire. There is a marriage in Whitchurch in 1886 between a John Eddies and Elizabeth Tunna (Shrewsbury RO-WH/3/77 – Whitchurch Register Office or Registrar Attended, North Shropshire). Young John’s siblings were Mary, 11, born in Tilstock, with Frederick, 7, and Percy born in Whixall, both in Salop.
The 1911 census sees the family living at Leasowe Cottages, Leasowe Lane, Baschurch, Salop with 3 Rooms. John’s father John was now 48 and a Farm Labourer, who tells us that he and Elizabeth, 46 had been married 24 years, 6 children had been born, all of whom were still living. Elizabeth tells us on this census she had been born in Bewdley, Worcs. Young John was now 17 years old and a Farm Worker, as was his brother Percy, 14. A sister Lizzie appears on this census, age 11 and born in Whixall.
The commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: – Son of John and Elizabeth Eddies, of 8, Fenemore, Barchurch, Salop.
John Eddies in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 Confirms his regimental information and tells us that he was born in Whitchurch, Salop and his residence was Baschurch, also Salop. He enlisted in Wrexham.
John Eddies in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he died “In Action” and the Legatee’s were his father John who was paid £4 4s 7d on the 20th January 1916 and his mother Elizabeth who was paid his War Gratuity of £3 on the 23rd December 1919.
John Eddies in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of War was the Balkans and his date of entry therein was 28th June 1915, he was to die just over 6 weeks later, age 22 years. He was awarded the Victory & British War Medals and the 15 Star.
John Eddies in the Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current shows a message from his 3rd Cousin Wendy Sutton (nee EDDIES), many thanks to her and I hope she doesn’t mind my adding this to Eddies page: –
“To John, You made the Ultimate Sacrifice at such a young age. I never knew you but would like you to know that You are a HERO, and how very proud and honoured I feel to be related to you. Also, remembering your cousin Alfred Eddies* who also made the Ultimate Sacrifice in France, 1918. He is laid to rest in Pernes Military Cemetry, France. Also, Alfred’s brother Harry (my grandad), who lost his leg in Salonika. You are indeed a family of heroes, you were so brave. May you rest in peace John, your bravery will never be forgotten. With love and gratitude to you, Wendy (3rd cousin) .x.
– Wendy Sutton nee Eddies
Added: Apr. 17, 2012”
Through this message on “Find a Grave”, we now know about John’s Cousin Alfred and his brother Harry, I have researched Alfred as well, so please get in touch if you want his notes. Mavis Williams.