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Lewis John Edwards Irlam


Lewis John Edwards Irlam was born in October 1886 to Lewis and Rebecca (née Edwards). They resided at 7 Nutter Street, in Salford, Manchester. Lewis was one of seven children. He had three elder sisters: Mary; Annie and Eva; and two older brothers: William and Charles. His younger brother was called Arthur. All of the children were given their mother’s maiden name as a middle name.

Early Life

Lewis senior was a Traveller in the paper trade, originally from Rawtenstall in Lancashire. Lewis’ mother, Rebecca, was from Caernarvonshire in North Wales. His brother, William, was a Pupil Teacher. By the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved to 88 Phoebe Street, in Salford. His brother, William (aged 24), was now recorded as a certified School Teacher. The family had grown again with the addition of Lewis’ sister Ethel.

Chester College

Lewis entered Chester College in 1905 and graduated in 1908. By 1911, he had become an Elementary School Teacher and was living as a boarder with a Mr and Mrs Beatson at 5 Mount Terrace, in Droylsden, East Manchester.

Military Service

Lewis joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, 72nd Field Ambulance, on July 27, 1915 and died of wounds he received in action in the Somme on August 21, 1916. He was 29 years old. He was recorded in the War Diary as receiving severe abdomen wounds.

Post Mortem

Lewis is buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery, in France (Plot 2 Row B Grave Number 109). He was awarded the Star for his service in the Army.