Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 5940
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 32
- Date of Death: 03.11.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38 & 40
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 69 Brook Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Mill Worker, Balgay Works, Dundee
Agnes Campbell Anderson Edwards, 64 Polepark Rd, Dundee
Charles, born 18.04.1904 & Mary Ann, born 02.03.1906
More about George Edward
George has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
George Edward 5940 Cameron Highlanders
“I AM VERY LUCKY.”
DUNDEE SOLDIER’S BAYONET BROKEN BY A SHOT.
Private George Edward sends an interesting letter to his wife, who resides at 69 Brook Street. He says :___”I have not had a wash for a month, nor shave for two months, and I have worn my shirt for three months, but we get plenty of food. One day we came on a farm, and we had a good feed of chickens, rabbits, pork, and milk and porridge, and after that we had a feed of spuds, and then a good drink of beer and port wine. How was that for a feed?
“You would be sorry for some of the people out here to see their houses destroyed and everything broken by the Germans. I think the Germans are now getting socks, but they are not getting half enough.
“I have been very lucky. In the last big fight two chaps on each side of me were shot through the hand, and I got my bayonet broken by one of the enemy’s shots. That shows you how lucky I was.”
Dundee People’s Journal 14th November 1914
DUNDEE HIGHLANDER KILLED IN ACTION.
Private George Edward, of the Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on 3rd November. One more Dundee home has been robbed of its breadwinner.
Edward had served eight years in the army, and up till the outbreak of war he was employed as a millworker in Balgay Works. On 28th October—a week before his death—he sent a cheery letter to his wife, telling her of the capture of a large number of Germans. Yesterday morning the official news of her husband’s death was received by Mrs Edward, who resides at 69 Brook Street.
Private Edward was 31 years of age, and his death is mourned by a widow and two young children. Only a few days ago Mrs Edward returned to her home from the Infirmary, where she had undergone an operation.
Dundee Courier 8th December 1914
KILLED AFTER MANY ESCAPES.
After many narrow escapes, the most thrilling perhaps of which was an occasion when two of his companions fell on each side of him, while his own bayonet was broken in two by the bursting of the same destructive projectile.
Private George Edward, Dundee, has himself fallen victim to the German fire.
Private Edward, who resided at 69 Brook Street, was a Reservist in the Cameron Highlanders, and had seen eight years’ service with the regiment. He was 31 years of age, and leaves a widow and two young children. Before rejoining the colours, he was a mill worker in Balgay Works. The distressing news reached Mrs Edwards on Monday, and the announcement was brief, the message simply bearing that deceased was killed in action on 3rd November.
Dundee People’s Journal 12th December 1914
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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