Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 12D and 13B.
He enlisted in London; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 14 August 1914, and was twice wounded before being killed in action. Unfortunately, Edwin’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War two bombing.
Son of William and Sarah Ann (nee BATEMAN) RACKLEY; husband of Ada (nee LEE) RACKLEY.
His parents married 21 March 1885 at St Paul’s, Chipperfield, Herts. Sarah died 1922 in Sarratt, Herts, aged 58, and was buried 1 September at Holy Cross, Sarratt; William died 1951 in Watford aged 88, and was buried 13 February, also at Holy Cross.
Edwin was born 5 December 1887 in Sarratt, and baptised 22 January 1888 at Holy Cross, Sarratt. He married 1912 in the Norwich, Norfolk, district; they had one child. Ada never remarried and died 1952 in the Norwich district aged 72.
On the 1891 Census, aged 3 he lived in Sarratt, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 13 he still lived in Sarratt, with his parents and six siblings. On the 1911 Census, he is proving elusive.
There is an article about Edwin in the Watford Observer dated 8 July 2016.
Date of death01/07/1916
Age at death28
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)