Private Edward Gatward

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

1888

Date of Death

15 Nov 1917

Service Number

19785

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

27 Cumberland Street
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Belgium

Grave Location

No known grave
Belgium

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Source

The Luton News , 12th September 1918
Pte Edward Gatward

Pte Edward Gatward, 19785, 1st Battalion Northants Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on or soon after November 15th, 1917. Ten months later, parents George and Sarah Ann Gatward, of 61 Hartley Road, Luton, had heard no news of him but were still hopeful that he was alive.

Widow Rose and her four children Violet, George, Winifred and Phyllis, of 27 Cumberland Street, Luton, had previously received notification that her husband had been wounded earlier in France, on February 17th, 1917.

Edward had married Rose Bacchus at Luton Parish Church on December 23rd, 1909. In 1911 they were living in Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, with children Violet and George. Edward was described in the 1911 Census as an iron moulder.

When they returned to live in Luton, Edward presumably became a postman, as he is among the six names on the Post Office roll of honour which is still displayed at Dunstable Road.

Individual Location

Pte Edward Gatward

Author: Deejaya

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Edward Gatward

Edward Gatward was my Great Uncle. This is the first picture I have seen of him, thank you for finding it. I have been in touch with a grandchild of Rose Gatward who told me her mother Violet recalled that Rose was “in an absolute daze for weeks after she received the news of Edwards death and moved back in with her parents in Luton".