Edgar Charles List


About Edgar Charles

  • Name
    Edgar Charles
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    15 September 1898
  • Birth town
    Hallinglough, Norfolk
  • Resided town
    North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk, Westmeath and Athlone, Ireland
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Wayland District, Norfolk
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Royal Artillery


Edgar Charles List was born on 15 September 1898 in Hallinglough, Norfolk, to parents William, a woodcutter, and Hannah (nee Pearce).  Edgar was one of nine children.  In 1901 Edgar, aged two, was living at Waterstown, Glasson, County Westmeath, Ireland with William (42), Hannah (40), Donald (15) a wood cutter, Edith (13), Isaiah (12), Alice (11) and George (4).  In 1911 the family are still living in Ireland at Bogganfin, Athlone, Westmeath.  Edgar is eleven and living with his parents and siblings Oswald (23) wood cutter, George (14), and Terence (6).

Edgar enlisted at Athlone on 23 September 1915 and joined the Royal Field Artillery.  He gave his occupation as a sawyer and his address as North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk.  Edgar was working for Messrs Wilson & Co, Barnsley, Lancashire as a woodcutter machinist before he enlisted.  He stood at 5’8”, with a 34” chest and weighed 123lbs.  He was posted to the 27th Reserve Battery on 1 October 1915.

Edgar passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’s book on 6 February 1917 just a month before leaving the UK to serve in Salonica from 11 March 1917 to 17 February 1919.  Edgar was admitted to hospital in Salonica in July 1917 suffering from malaria.  He was discharged on 27 April 27 1919, as a result of malaria which was caused by the conditions and climate in Salonica.  His disablement was considered to be less than 20% and he was awarded 5s 6d per week for 52 weeks.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals and the Silver War Badge.

Edgar married Elsie Maude Bunn at Swaffham in 1921.  They had two daughters Irene (1921) and Pamela (1925).  Else died at Swaffham in 1929.

In 1939, Edgar was living at 7 The Terrace, South Pickenham, Swaffham and was employed in heavy labouring work.  He was living with his mother and brother Oswald.  He married a second time to Hilda May Balders at Kings Lynn in 1941.

Edgar died in 1970, in the Wayland District, Norfolk.

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