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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Private Edward Edey #438101, 3rd Battalion

Photo by Bob Richardson 2014
Born on August 4, 1890 in Liverpool, England. At some point he emigrated to Fort William, Ontario. This man has proved rather elusive to trace. His "Form of Will" in his service file has his name as "Moses Elliot Edey". According to his attestation paper signed July 23, 1915 in Shorncliffe Camp, England, Private Edey was married, occupation was a switch man, 5' 9 1/2" tall, fair complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair and religion was Presbyterian. His next of kin was shown as Mrs. M. Edey, presumably his wife, living at 137 McVicar Street, Fort William.

Enlisted with the 52nd Battalion, Fort William. His attestation paper was signed July 23, 1915 in Shorncliffe Camp as a member of that battalion's early 1st Reinforcement Draft that had sailed from Montreal on the S.S. Scandinavian June 17, 1915. On arrival in England June 29, he was transferred to the 32nd Reserve Battalion. August 29, 1915, Private Edey was sent to the 3rd Battalion as a reinforcement while the battalion was serving in Ploegsteert Wood. Sent to the 1st C.I.B. Bombing School October 26, 1915. November 19, 1915 sentenced to 4 days Field Punishment #1 for "failure to obey an order". Killed in action December 29. 1915.

Killed in action December 29, 1915. His Certificate of Casualty reads "killed in action - Killed by an enemy shell while in the trenches in the vicinity of Wytschaete". Buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Militaery Cemetery, Belgium, grave I.E.17.

His page on the Veteran Affairs Canada Virtual Memorial can be found HERE
His attestation page and service file Library and Archives Canada can be found HERE

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