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Edward James Hayward, Age 23

Private, 24532, 8th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers cap badge
Royal Welsh Fusiliers Cap Badge.

Edward was the eldest son of the late Mr Thomas Hayward and his wife Ellen, who in 1901 were living at 11 New Street, Dawley.

He had joined the army shortly after the outbreak of the war and had previously been employed at the Madeley Wood colliery like his Father; he had also been a scholar at the Dawley Wesleyan Sunday School.

Edward died of smallpox contacted on active service on the 24th December 1917 in Mesopotamia (Now Iraq) and lies buried in the Baghdad North Gate Cemetery in Grave III.J.6.

On Edward's death his possessions were returned to his sister, Mrs M Briscoe of Bray Buildings, 11 Crown Street. She had to sign and return the form to the Infantry records office at Shrewsbury

Edward's property

Edward's property returned to his sister, Mrs M Briscoe.

WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

Inscription added to head stone by: Mr. M. E. Briscoe, 7, Crown Street, Dawley, Salop.

He Only Sleeps Until The Morn

Commonwealth War Graves. Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery
Buried Baghdad War Cemetery


victory-medal britishwar-medal 1914-15 Star
Victory Medal British War Medal 1914-15 Star Medal