WELLICOME, Edwyn Cyril

PS/8507, Private, Edwin Cyril WELLICOME
Aged 20

24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
formerly 21st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action, presumed on Monday, 31st July 1916

Edwyn Cyril WELLICOME was born 1889 in Marlow (Wycombe Q3-1889 3A:667), 4th of 5 sons of Richard and Emily WELLICOME (née COSTER).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at 5 High Street, Marlow with his parents; sisters Alice, Ellen and Mabel C[7]; brothers William [11], Charles D, Arthur R [9], and Edward P [2]. The new siblings were all born in Marlow.

1911 census...Aged 14 he was still at 5 High Street, with his mother, a milliner, with his sisters Florence (Ellen) and Mabel and brother Cyril (Edwyn) [14] born Marlow, an outfitter's apprentice. 3 of Edith's 11 children had died (Gladys Amy 1882-1884), Emily May (1881-1890) and Edward Percy (1899-1902).
His father has not been identified in this census.
His mother's address given by CWGC was 10 Glade Road, Marlow, Bucks.

His brother William was killed serving in France in the Seaforth Highlanders in November that year. Brother Willie is named on the East Anglian School roll of honour, but not Edwin. see here

He enlisted in Epsom, whilst resident in Marlow.

The 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was also known as the 2nd Sportsmans battalion. The war dairy has
30-7-16..trenches..At 4:52 am C Coy attacked the German trench 600 yards E of WATERLOT FARM. The attack was unsuccessful owing to the wire not being cut and the difficulty of maintaining direction owing to thick mist.
Of the 3 officers and 114 other ranks who made the attack, 1 officer (wounded0 and 11 other ranks got back. Capt MEARES was killed on the German wire leading his men. There were several other casualties from very heavy shell fire. A very hot day.
31-7-16...Battn was relieved at 3:15 am by 2nd H.L.I. and moved back to reserve trenches SW of MONTAUBAN. Several killed during relief.

Waterlot Farm was not a farm but a sugar factory.

CWGC have 62 of the battalion as killed on 31st, only twenty have known graves, the rest are named on the Thiepval memorial.

Edwyn was posted missing on 31st July 1916, initially found and recorded as 3171, 21st Battalion, the registration card was amended when he was moved to Delville Wood Extension Cemetery in 1921

The plaque of the Marlow Methodist and Sunday School

photo: Rodney Gibson

Edwyn Wellicome is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France, grave 3:M:4
and commemorated in the Methodist Church and All Saints Church, Marlow.

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details