Edmonds, William Barnewall (William)
No. CH/483(S), 1st Royal Marine (R.M.) Battalion, Royal Naval Division (R.N. Div.) Royal Marine Light Infantry
Died of wounds on Monday 13 November 1916 (aged 28)
Varennes Military Cemetery, France (Grave I. C. 25)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
Family grave headstone in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery
Brother of Rifleman George Edgar Edmonds (No. 10707)
In some records his surname is spelt Edmunds.
William Barnewall Edmonds was born on 1 September 1888 at 33 Mulgrave Street, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), Co Dublin, and he was a son of William Henry Edmonds and Catherine (Kate) Edmonds (nee Barnwell, sometimes Barnwall, Barnewall, Barnewell, and Barmwell).
William Edmonds, who was born in England, is variously described as a sailor, a seaman, a lightship-man, and the Mate on a Light Ship.
William Edmonds and Catherine Barnewall were married on 1 March 1880 in Monkstown Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co Dublin. William Edmonds, a seaman from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) was a son of William Edmonds, a gamekeeper. Catherine Barnewall from Kingstown was a daughter of William Barnewall, a land steward.
William and Catherine (Kate) Edmonds (nee Barnewall) had seven children:
Edith Elizabeth (born 22 September 1881 in Valetta House, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Catherine Mary (born 12 January 1883 at 37 Mulgrave Street, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Frances Harriett (born 29 July 1885 at 40 Mulgrave Street, Kingstown, Co Dublin; died of acute gastritis 28 October 1887 in Mulgrave Street, Kingstown)
Sophia Jane (born 29 July 1887 at 40 Mulgrave Street, Kingstown, Co Dublin; died of convulsions 2 September 1887 in Mulgrave Street, Kingstown)
William Barnewall (born 1 September 1888 at 33 Mulgrave Street, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Edwin Edmund (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).
Sometime between September 1888 and June 1891, the Edmonds family moved from Kingstown, Co Dublin to Ballyobegan, Co Down. Then, sometime between March 1901 and March 1911, they moved to 214 Roden Street, Belfast.
Catherine (Kate) Agnes Edmonds died from chronic bronchitis and heart failure at 214 Roden Street, Belfast on 14 December 1911 (aged 56).
In civilian life William Barnewall Edmonds worked as a fitter. He enlisted on 2 November 1914, and served with the 1st Royal Marine (R.M.) Battalion, Royal Naval Division (R.N. Div.) Royal Marine Light Infantry. Private William Edmonds (No. CH/483 (S)) sustained a compound fracture of his right leg, together with wounds to his left leg, right arm, and face. He was 28 when he died in 11th Casualty Clearing Station on 13 November 1916, and he was buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, France.
At the time of William’s death his widowed father, and his unmarried sister Edith were living at 214 Roden Street, Belfast. In the Army Dependant’s Pension records they were his named dependants.
Private William Edmonds (No. CH/483 (S)) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 176), and on the family grave headstone in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery (Grave F3.443):
IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 14TH DECEMBER 1911,
SOPHIA JANE AND FRANCIS HARRIET
WHO DIED IN 1887 AND WERE INTERRED IN
KILL-O-GRANGE CEMETERY KINGSTOWN CO DUBLIN
WILLIAM B. EDMONDS
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
13TH NOVEMBER 1916, AGED 28 YEARS
GEORGE E. EDMONDS
KILLED IN ACTION IN FLANDERS
8TH AUGUST 1917, AGED 24 YEARS
EDWIN E. EDMONDS
DROWNED THROUGH THE LOSS OF H.M.S. OTRANTO
8TH OCTOBER 1918, AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
DIED 2ND DECEMBER 1931, AGED 84
Also buried in the grave were Edith Elizabeth Edmonds who died on 12 February 1960 (aged 78) and Catherine Mary Hesketh (nee Edmonds) who died on 1 October 1961 (aged 78).