CHALLONER, EDWIN CYRIL

CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY

Rank: Private
Service No: 21036
Date of Death: 11/03/1916
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Grenadier Guards 3rd Bn.
Grave Reference Plot B. Row 4. Grave 10.
Cemetery CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Born on 16-03-92 at Chadwell Heath, son of Edwin (Stock Jobbers Clerk) and Hylda Challoner. The family home at that time was at Grosvenor Villas Chadwell Heath. 1901: The family was at St Hilary, 12 Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings Sussex. His Father died 08-05-08, while they were living at Westward Ho! Woodford Green. By 1911 his Mother was at Glen Aldyn, Eastwood Road South Woodford, but Edwin does not appear in the Census entry. His Mother later lived at 37, Coventry Road, Ilford.

He enlisted at St Paul’s Churchyard, and after training went to France with 3 Grenadier Guards on 26-07-15. On 05-03-16 the Battalion left the front line at Poperinghe about 7 miles West of Ypres, and went to Camp Beaumaris near Calais, where it remained until 18-03-16. The Regimental History records that while there an “unfortunate bombing accident occurred.” 4th Chapter Bombers (grenade throwers) were practicing under the direction of Lt L Hermon-Hodge behind a thick sandbag wall when a grenade exploded prematurely on leaving the throwers hand. 5 men were killed and 16 wounded. Lt Hermon-Hodge received fragments of the bomb in his right arm.

Edwin Challoner died from wounds accidently received during this incident.

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. The Grenadier Guards in the Great War.
Qualification: Borough Resident.