Thomas Edge was the son of Edward and Mary Ann Edge of 57 Waggon Street, Old Hill, and he was married to Sarah Edge of 6 St John Street, Dudley. He was a pre-war regular soldier who had enlisted in the South Staffords. He was serving in the 2nd Battalion which was stationed at Aldershot in the British Expeditionary Force. When war broke out they were mobilized immediately and on the 12th August crossed the Channel to help in the defence of Belgium. They moved to Mons and on the 23rd faced the overwhelming forces of the invaders. They were obliged to retreat for 10 days but eventually stopped the enemy on the Marne. They were able to advance to the Aisne where a series of indecisive actions took place and trench warfare began. In the course of sporadic fighting Private Thomas Edge was killed in action on the 26th September. He was 22 years of age and is commemorated on the La Fert?-sous-Jouarre and Dudley Memorials.
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