Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Battalion
Service number SD/4916
Died on the 11th July 1916 aged 32 years.
Buried in the churchyard of St. Mark's Church, Staplefield, West Sussex.
There are four registered CWGC burials in St. Mark's Churchyard in Staplefield. Private Edwards is the only one who has a CWGC pattern headstone which can clearly be seen next to the footpath that leads from the Church porch down towards the lichgate.
I haven't found out his first name yet. The CWGC site shows that he "Died of Wounds on the 11th July 1916 aged 32 years"
There is not, as far as I can see, reference to Private Edwards' death or funeral in the newspaper archives - but that is really not a surprise. He died 11 days after the first day of The Battle of The Somme which started on the 1st July 1916. By the time that Private Edwards died from his wounds the whole Country was in a state of shock at the massive and appalling amount of casualties on The Somme.
There is a very good chance that Private G. Edwards received his wounds on the 30th June 1916 when the 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment attacked at "The Boars Head", Richebourg-l'Avoué ....... "The Day That Sussex Died". The men of the 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions (the Southdowns Battalions) Royal Sussex Regiment attacked at 3.05am in what was supposed to be a diversion for the main attack by the British Army the next day on The Somme which is immediately South of Richebourg-l'Avoué. The German's were not fooled, they were ready and slaughter followed. It is a strong possibility that Private Edwards was wounded in this attack and died from his wounds, back in England, eleven days later.
Private G. Edwards is commemorated on the Staplefield War Memorial