Friday 12 December 2008

Private Richard Francis Edwards

Born on 1 March 1886 in Watford, Ireland - brother of Mrs. Bavelenin, New York, New York - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Watford, Ireland, trade as sailor, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 38.25 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, "A great variet of tattoo marks on both forearms including one 'Erinterry Country' on right forearm".

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Prescott, Ontario, on 15 August 1916 (number 640207) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 31 July 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 14 August 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 8 November 1917.

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