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Born: 1897, Bradford
Died: 16 March 1918, Somerville Hospital, Oxford
Buried: Nab Wood Cemetery
Address: Hirst Lea, Shipley
Parents: George & Mary Lizzie
Siblings: Mayonne
Rank: Lieut
Rolls of Honour: St Peter’s, Shipley
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Edwin Norris Firth
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In the 1901 census, Edwin was living with his parents in Bingley Road, Shipley which would appear to be where his sister Mayonne was born because according the 1911 census, when she was five years old, she was born at Shipley. The family were now living at Cross Gate, near Leeds. By the time of Edwin’s death they were back in Shipley though there is contradictory evidence about exactly where. The Commonwealth War Graves site gives his address as Upper Nab House, Staveley Road, while the newspaper says it was Hirst Lea,
suggesting perhaps that the family moved again during the war. Details of Edwin’s death appeared in the Shipley Times & Express briefly on 22 March 1918 and this fuller version the following week: “As announced last week, the military honours were accorded the funeral at Nab Wood Cemetery of Lieut Edwin Norris Firth, West Yorkshire Regt, only son of Mr and Mrs George Firth of Hirst Lea, Shipley. “The deceased enlisted in September 1914 and had been twice wounded. He died at Somerville Hospital , Oxford, from
the effects of gas poisoning. “The principal mourners were Mr and Mrs Geo Firth, Miss M Firth, Miss Cannon, Mr James Firth, Miss Firth, Mr and Mrs Norris, Mr E R Firth, Mr J H Firth, Mr and Mrs M Firth, Mrs G Firth, Mr and Mrs Wm Firth. “The cortege was headed by a detachment of West Riding Volunteers who formed a firing party at the graveside and the Leeds Modern School Cadet Corps was also represented, one of them sounding the Last Post. “The father of the deceased is a sectional leader in the Special
Constables at Shipley and a number of his colleagues attended along with Inspector Foulkes and Sectional Commander Percy Taylor. “Others present were Lieut Holmes, Lieut Waddilove, Sec- Lieut Holdsworth and officers from the City Volunteers. “The coffin was borne on a gun- carriage from the Bradford Moor Barracks and was covered with the Union Jack. “The officiating minister was the Rev Rowland G Maple of Wrexham and formerly of Shipley.”
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