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bank clerk in Staffordshire, living with his father's brother Charles, a hotel proprietor and ten years later, at the age of 34 was boarding in Tamworth where he continued to work as a bank clerk. By 1915 he had moved on to Swansea working as a bank cashier.

He enlisted in Swansea at the age of 39 and joined the East Kents in December 1915, going to France in September 1917.  He took part in the Cambrai advance in November and December 1917, and later was in the thick of the fighting around the St Quentin area in March 1918.

Edwin was awarded the Military Medal in March 1918 for actions in December 1917 when he rescued a wounded soldier from no-man's land under heavy machine gun fire. In August 1918 he was severely wounded by a shell causing a thigh wound which ultimately proved fatal.

Edwin was born about 1876 in Brecon, the son of Thomas Edward and Martha Elizabeth. The family were butchers and lived at 13, Ship street, Brecon. His father was also a Justice of the Peace in the town.

Thomas had followed his father and grandfather who had been butchers in Brecon for over 100 years but by 1871 he was in his own business. He married Mary Ann Price in 1863 and had 4 children before Mary died in 1870. Thomas remarried in 1872 to Martha Elizabeth Thomas and had a further 6 children.

In 1881 the family are still at Ship Street and Edwin is at home with his parents, seven siblings, an aunt, uncle and cousin as well as a governess and a servant, ten years later the family living at home in Ship Street has reduced a little with Edwin, his parents and now only five siblings, an aunt and a servant.

Edwin's brother Melville is one of the siblings at home in this period; his is the previous record in this book.

Edwin attended Christ College from 1890 until 1892 and later went into the banking industry, working in Lloyds Bank for over twenty years in a number of different branches. By 1901 he is working as a

Private Edwin Charles Trew, MM

1st Buffs (East Anglia Regiment) 1st Battalion, service no.


Died of Wounds August 3rd, 1918 in France, aged 42

Buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, Nord