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Private Edmund N. King

7219 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Edmund King
Son of Mr Joseph & Mrs Elizabeth King
Husband of Rosaline A. (nee Hodby)

Aged 29 years

Died 17th September 1914

Commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial

Born Meppershall BDF, enlisted at Higham Ferrers. Regular soldier.
The Rushden Echo Friday 2 October 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Privates in the War 'Having a Rough Time' - Seven Weeks in France

Called up on Wednesday, Aug. 6th, Private Edmund King, of the 1st Northants, left for the headquarters and the following week was amongst the first draft to France. He wrote home about a month ago (the last heard from him) saying that he was in good health but had had a rough time of it. Mrs King, his wife, expects he is still in France, but cannot hear from him even indirectly.

The Rushden Echo Friday 16 October 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Steelback - No News

Five weeks have elapsed since any communication was received from Private Edmund King, of Rushden. He is supposed to be with the Northants at the front.

Pte King
Rushden Argus, 30th October 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Hero – Victim of German Treachery

We deeply regret to record the death on service of private Edmund King, of Co-operative-row, Rushden. Mrs King received a communication from the War Office on Saturday stating that her husband was killed on Sept. 17th. It is thought he was in that memorable incident when the Germans abused the white flag and the “Steelbacks” charged them with the bayonet. The deceased had served eight years in the Army, six of which were spent in India. He was called up with the Reserve on the Wednesday in August week and sailed for France the following Thursday. It will be seven weeks on the 27th since Mrs King had a letter from her husband; he then stated he was having a few days’ rest. The deceased hero was married two years ago, and had no children. He worked for Messrs Duncan and Davison before he went to the front. It is strange to relate that during the first few weeks of the war our representative was assured that the rumour of Mr King’s death was unfounded – as it certainly was at the time.

Rushden Echo, 30th October 1914, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Killed - The Steelbacks’ Famous Bayonet Charge - Private Edmund King Meets With His Death In France

The fateful message has again reached Rushden. The town has given up one more of its sons in the great war.  Particularly sad in the death of Private Edmund King, of Rushden, who has served eleven years (eight in the colours) with the 1st Northants. No news from him had reached his wife since the end of August, until the War Office sent a telegram on Saturday. This stated that Private King had been killed on Sept. 17 in France.

Private King was in India for six years as garrison police and signaller. He used to enter into all the sports and games arranged by the regiment.

Some weeks ago a soldier, writing from the front to his friends at Clapham, said he saw Private King, who was all right then, but if the deceased wrote any letters after August they were never delivered. He went to the front with the first draft as he was a reservist nearly at the end of his time.

A photo of Private King appears in this issue. It is believed that the famous bayonet charge of the “Steelbacks” on Sept. 17 was the occasion on which Private King fell. He formerly worked at Messrs. Duncan and Davidson’s factory, Rushden.

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