William Arthur Edmondson was born in 1876 in New Brighton, Cheshire. The 1881 Census records William living with his parents John and Margaret and sister Hannah and brother Mount.
It is through his sister Hannah, the eldest of the Edmondson’s children, that William is linked to Queensbury. The CWGC record: Brother of Mrs. Hannah Elizabeth Ramsden, of 14, Raglan Street, Queensbury, Bradford.
Hannah had married Alfred Ramsden in 1883, they can be followed on the census as they moved around Lancashire, in 1911 they lived in Oldham, it is not known when Hannah moved to Queensbury. Hannah is also shown on the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects as authorised to receive Williams money on his death.
Having served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment, William was serving in the 2nd/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 10th July 1917, he was aged 43. William is buried at COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY (I. E. 23).
July 1917 saw the 2nd/6th Battalion at Oost Dunkerque, they were working alongside a Royal Engineer (RE) tunnelling company close to Nieuport.
On 10th July the enemy began to shell roads and billets in Oost Dunkerque, gas shells were fired into the village, the war diary shows that direct hits were recorded on billets and the Officers mess. Following a lull in the bombardment it commenced again lasting until 19:30hrs. As this bombardment was taking place men working with the RE at Nieuport were called upon to man the trenches as the Germans attacked. It is not known how many casualties were caused that day however the month of July 1917 cost the Battalion 13 other ranks killed and 1 Officer and 108 other ranks wounded.