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Edwin Henry Budd


Name: Edwin Henry Budd

Rank: Private

Service Number: 16825

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: 1st Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1888

Place of Birth: Hatch Beauchamp

Place of Residence: 3 Eastbourne Road, Taunton

Date of Death: 18th August 1915

Place of Death: France/Flanders

Burial/Memorial: Boulogne Eastern

Edwin Budd was one of six children born to Edward and Elizabeth Budd.  Edward was a bootmaker, and Edwin (along with the other members of his family) was listed in the 1911 census as a collar ironer.

As part of the Somerset Light Infantry's 1st Batallion, Edwin would have been in 11th Brigade, 4th Division, which served on the Western Front throughout the war.  This service included action at the Second Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915.  Edwin was sent to the front on 22nd June 1915, and at some point was wounded and moved out of the front line.  He eventually died of his wounds in hospital in Boulogne on 18th August 1915.

The following obituary was printed in the Somerset County Gazette on 28th August 1915:

"As we briefly stated in our last issue, Private Edwin Budd, a well-known Tauntonian, has died from wounds at No. 13 General Hospital, Boulogne.  He was formerly hon. secretary of the racing section of the Taunton Bicycle Club, and was the son of Mr. E. Budd, 3, Eastbourne Road.  Private Budd, who was aged 27, joined the Somerset L.I. soon after the outbreak of war, and was sent to the Front on June 22nd.  He formerly assisted his father, who is a bootmaker, and devoted his spare time to athletics.  He was particularly fond of cycling, and won prizes for regular attendance at the runs of the Taunton Bicycle Club.  His brother, Private Albert Budd, of the 9th Devons, is also on active service in France."



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