100 Stories > Alfred ‘Sid’ Edwards (1892-1965)

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A Sidney Edwards and Lily Whewell wedding day

Sid came from Coventry. When he arrived in Burnley his first impression was not good. Then, whilst walking in Scott Park, he saw someone who was, he remarked to his landlady, “the girl I’m going to marry.”

He was eventually introduced to Lily Whewell. He carried her photograph with him into battle on the Somme 1st July, 1916 where he was wounded when a shell splinter narrowly missed his brain.

Sid kept the shell splinter as a souvenir.


Sid was also gassed in the war.

He fulfilled his promise to himself when he married Lily in 1920.

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