Private Edwin Thomas Lambert


Edwin Thomas Lambert was born on 21 August 1896 in Bayton Parish, Worcestershire, the first of three children of farm labourer Thomas Lambert and his wife Carrie (née Fidoe). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Beach Hay, Clows Top, Worcestershire, with his parents and siblings, and working as a farm servant.

Lambert enlisted in the cavalry probably in mid-1917 (No.34770), and was posted to the 3rd Reserve Regiment of Cavalry at Aldershot, a unit which trained men for the 11th, 13th, 15th and 19th Hussars, the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry, Leicestershire Yeomanry, Staffordshire Yeomanry, Wiltshire Yeomanry and Sherwood Rangers.

Later that year or in early 1918 Lambert embarked for France, where he was posted to the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Lambert was wounded in September or October 1918 during the Advance to Victory offensive. On 25 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Lambert returned to Worcestershire, where in 1922 he married Frances Irene Worrall. At the time of the 1939 Register they were living at Far Forest Bungalow, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Edwin working as a general labourer. He died on 9 April 1978 and was buried in the Holy Trinity Churchyard, Kidderminster.



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