St Mary’s Church, Brymbo.
“In loving memory of Edward Henry, the beloved husband of Edith Ellen Evans, Bank Street, Lodge, who was accidentally killed at Irlam, August 22nd 1914, aged 27 years.”
Edward Henry Evans was born in about 1892. He married Edith Ellen Archer in 1912. They had one child, Albert, born in 1913. Despite being from a mining area, Edward found employment at the Irlam Colliery, near Manchester.
On Saturday 22nd August 1914 he was working at the mine when he was involved in an accident with a crane that killed him. He left a widow whom he was only married 2 years earlier and Albert who was just one year old.
Records suggest that at the time of his death he was residing at 6, Whitefield Street, Cadishead and that he had formally lived at Kent Road, Brymbo.
On Wednesday 26th August 1914, Edward was buried at Brymbo.
This story has a further sadness attached to it. Albert, the son of Edward and Edith died on the 4th May 1920, aged just 7 years old.
Written and researched by Wayne Cronin-Wojdat, B.A (Hons.), MSc – Historical Gems.
Full Gravestone Inscription: “In loving memory of Edward Henry, the beloved husband of Edith Ellen Evans, Bank St, Lodge, who was accidentally killed at Irlam August 22nd 1914, aged 27 years. “Gone but not forgotten”. Also of Albert, their loving child who died May 4th 1920, aged 7 years. “Safe in the arms of Jesus.” Also Edith Ellen Goodwin, who died Oct 13th 1957, aged 87 years. Also David, her beloved husband, who died Nov 7th 1957, aged 62 years. “Rest in peace””.
Brymbo Burial Records, 1914, p.146, Entry 1085, Edward Henry Evans.
England & Wales National Marriage Index, quarter 3, volume 11B, p.485, Edward H. Evans & Edith E. Archer.
Wrexham Advertiser, 29th August 1914, p.8.