25-year-old regular soldier, Corporal Adam Edgar, died on 19th June 1915 serving with the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.
Born in Hockley Heath in 1890, Adam Edgar’s family lived at Mows Hill Farm, Hockley Heath, with his father (also called Adam) working as a shepherd. At the time of the 1891 census, Adam (senior) and his wife, Sarah Ann, had five children aged between five months and five years old. By 1901, they had 11 children aged between seven months and 15. Adam (senior) is recorded on the census as being born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, whilst his wife, Sarah Ann, was from Tipton, Staffordshire. All of the children were born in the parish of Tanworth-in-Arden.
Adam (junior) had joined the Worcestershire Regiment by he time of the 1911 census when, aged 20, he is listed as a Private with the 3rd Battalion, stationed at Western Heights, Dover, a huge fortification built in 1804 in response to the threat of Napoleonic invasion, and completed in the 1860s.
The battalion was stationed in Dover 1909-1911 before being transferred in 1912 to Tidworth, Wiltshire, where the troops remained until they embarked for France in August 1914. Adam Edgar’s medal index card (available free of charge on Ancestry from library computers) indicates he first entered a Theatre of War on 12th August 1914.
His death was reported in the Birmingham Mail 2nd August 1915:
Another local loss has also been recorded in connection with the Worcestershire Regiment, Mr and Mrs Adam Edgar, of the neighbouring parish of Hockley Heath, having received intelligence of the death of ther son, Corpol Adam Edgar, of the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, who was killed in action in France. Mr and Mrs Edgar have four other sons in the army, and have received the King’s congratulations.
As far as we’re aware, the other four sons serving in the Army all survived the war. Adam Edgar is commemorated locally on memorials at Hockley Heath, Umberslade Baptist Church, and in St Thomas’s Church, Nuthurst Lane, Hockley Heath.
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