Edmonds, George Edgar (No. 10707)

Edmonds, George Edgar

Rifleman

No. 10707, 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Wednesday 8 August 1917 (aged 24)

Buried:

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium (Grave LIV. D. 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Edmunds.

George Edgar Edmonds was born on 16 May 1893 in the townland of Ballyobegan, Ballywalter and he was a son of William and Catherine (Kate) Edmonds (nee Barnwell, sometimes Barnwall, sometimes Barmwell).  William Edmonds (born in England) was a sailor and then the Mate on a Light Ship.  He and Kate (born in Dublin) had at least seven children:

Edith Elizabeth (born 22 September 1881 in Valetta House, Dublin)

Catherine Mary (born 12 January 1883 in Mulgrave Street, Dublin)

Frances Harriett (born 29 July 1885 in Mulgrave Street, Dublin)

Sophia Jane (born 29 July 1887 in Mulgrave Street, Dublin)

William (born 1 September 1888 in Mulgrave Street, Dublin)

Edwin Edward (born 30 June 1891 at Ballyobegan, Ballywalter; baptised in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church)

George Edgar (born 16 May 1893 at Ballyobegan, Ballywalter; baptised in Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church).

George Edgar Edmonds enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 48th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division.  Rifleman George Edgar Edmonds was 24 when he was killed in action on 8 August 1917, while his Battalion was holding the line ahead of the Third Battle of Ypres.  He was buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

At the time of his death his father was living at 214 Roden Street, Belfast and Rifleman George Edgar Edmonds is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 175).