Information for Veterans and their families
My father Lewis (Lew) Edwards was born in January 1914 and died in February 1993. He served in 'B' Company, 1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles (also known in 1937 as Kings Royal Rifle Corp). His army number was 6142398.
Here is a photograph (click to enlarge) taken from the books entitled "The Second Great War" published by The Waverley Book Company Ltd and edited by Sir John Hammerton.
He undertook a forced march from Poland to Germany in 1945 as documented in the "Forced March" section.
For all that he saw and all that he felt, he never seemed down about his experiences and had fond memories of his friends which always made him smile.
He was camp tailor in Stalag XXB and recalls the PoWs putting on shows to amuse themselves. Dad played the violin in the camp band also. Take a look at the Stalag XXA/B photographs and dad appears to be in them!
I also recall him telling me that the PoWs all spoke a form of German that even the German's did not understand.
Family and Background
My father was born in Bromley (Kent) in the County of London on 13th January. His birth was registered in the District of Poplar.
He lived at 149 Brunswick Road, Bromley and had two brothers (I think). His elder brother, John, fought in the First World War and he had a younger brother, George, whom he was very close to.
My pal Geoff did a bit of a geneology search for me and found out a bit more based upon the 1901 census:
His first marriage was to Mrs F A Edwards and they lived at 16 Albany Road, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. They subsequently divorced and he married my mother in 1966 and they lived at Pares Close, Horsell, Surrey. During this time he worked as a collector for Charringtons Solid Fuel and also as a security guard for Securicor.
My mother and he separated around 1979 and divorced shortly afterwards and he lived with his third wife, Yvonne, at 91 Fairway, Chertsey, Surrey. She had three grown up children.
Dad continued working for Charringtons for some time and when he retired, he became a security guard for an industrial estate in Weybridge and finally worked for Wimbledon Stadium Greyhound Kennels in Hersham, Surrey. He ended up in a home in Addlestone, Surrey, for around 6 months before he finally died in 1993.
On the left below are the medals that my father received for serving in WWII. On the right are the medals that his brother, John, received for serving in the First Great War. Click to enlarge the images.
Pictures below courtesy of Barbara Horner (See Help E for further success story):-
In Barbara's fathers diary, at the back is written Room 11 Block 4 Lew Edwards. Another entry March 20th 1945 reads 'meet Lew Edwards at Warlow stay resting. No grub. Bad place. Passing through Liidwiglust. Had been bombed'. Another entry previously dated March 25th 1944 'Lew Edwards went back to Stalag today'.