Edmonds, John (No. 1469241)

Edmonds, John

Gunner

No. 1469241, 5 Battery, 9 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

Died of disease on Sunday 20 April 1947 (aged 35)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 24. Grave 158)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

John Edmonds Magilton was born on 25 March 1912 in Mill Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Mary Magilton, a factory worker.  Eliza Jane Edmonds of Back Shuttlefield, Newtownards was present at the birth.

Sarah Maria (Mary) Magilton (sometimes McGilton) and David John Edmonds (sometimes Edmunds) were married on 13 February 1914 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  Sarah Maria Magilton from 114 Mill Street, Newtownards was a daughter of John Edmonds, a labourer.  David John Edmonds, a labourer from 114 Mill Street, Newtownards was a son of David Magilton, a labourer.  After they got married, their son John used the surname Edmonds.

David John and Sarah Maria (Mary) Edmonds had at least four children:

John (born 25 March 1912 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Eliza Jane (born 2 March 1914 in Mill Street, Newtownards while her father was serving as a Private with the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; died of zymotic enteritis 10 October 1914)

Dinah (born 3 January 1916 in Mill Street, Newtownards while her father was a Private on active service with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)

Mary Agnes (born 10 December 1919)

Dinah and Mary were baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards.

John Edmonds worked as a labourer and he and Florence McBriar were married on 23 December 1937 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  John Edmonds (aged 26) from 167 Mill Street, Newtownards was a son of David John Edmonds, a labourer.  Florence McBriar (aged 18) from 91 John Street, Newtownards was a daughter of David McBriar, a labourer.

John and Florence Edmonds (nee McBriar) lived in Mill Street, Newtownards.

During the Second World War John Edmonds served as a Gunner with the Royal Artillery and he was 35 when he died of tuberculosis on 20 April 1947.

Gunner John Edmonds (No. 1469241) was buried in Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GONE TO BE WITH CHRIST

WHICH IS FAR BETTER

His parents were buried beside him.