Gunner, 277542, 119th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in Action near Ypres, Belgium, 8 May 1918, aged 43
Buried in Gwalia Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium
Grave Reference: Plot 11.F.17

(left) Edward James Luxford pictured in 1916 with his wife before leaving Tilbury for France and Belgium. (centre and right) His gravestone and memorial in the British cemetery at Poperinge, Belgium.

Edward James Luxford was born in 1875 in Forest Row. He was the son of Job and Jane Luxford. At the time of the 1881 census they were living at Witch Cross (sic) Inn. In the 1891 census they were recorded as still living in Forest Row. Although they did not appear in the 1901 census, by 1911 they were living at Little Parrock Farm, Coleman's Hatch.

The entry for Edward James in the Book of Remembrance held in Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row, recorded him as the husband of Elizabeth Luxford of 2, Highfields, Forest Row. They had married in 1906. The Remembrance Book entry was signed by his father, Job Luxford, of The Cottage, Highfields, Forest Row. Edward James Luxford's cousin, William Luxford, the son of William Peter Luxford, also died in the war, on 23 November 1917 at Cambrai.

In 1891 when Edward James was 16 his occupation was given by the census as "house painter, builder's apprentice".

Edward James would have worked for his father, who was a well known local builder and contractor who, according to a 1909 advertisement in the Forest Row Church Monthly, operated from the Steam Joinery Works in Forest Row. He advertised as a painter, glazier, house decorator, plumber and gas and hot-water fitter. He was also the authorised plumber to the East Grinstead and East Surrey water companies.

Edward James Luxford had originally enlisted in 1895 at the age of 20 years and 9 months. At various times he served in India, Aden, Gibraltar and at home. He was approaching the age of 40 when the First World War broke out. Now a gunner in the 119th Siege Battery, the Royal Garrison Artillery, Edward was killed in action near Ypres, Belgium, on 8 May 1918. He was 43.


Gwalia cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

He is buried in the British cemetery at Gwalia, Poperinge, Belgium, plot number 11.F.17. The cemetery holds 467 Commonwealth burials of which 465 are identified.

Kevin Tillett