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Private George EDWARDS 25B/972
(Alias George Edward ORCHARD)

Born 5/8/1855 at Charles Street , St. James's, Bristol . Employed as a shoemaker's apprentice, later worked in the building trade. Enlisted at Newport 24/11/1876. Posted to 2 nd Bn. 24 th foot at Brecon 15/12/1876.

Enlisted Pontypool , Monmouthshire 12/1/1876. Posted to 2 nd Battlalion 24 th Foot.

He continued to serve until his discharge in 1889, when his intended place of residence being Withy Mill, Paulton, Somerset .

He took part in the defence of Rorke's Drift. He received the South Africa Medal with clasp 1877-8-9, now regimental property.

He married Elizabeth Rena swift and had eleven children. He lived at New Pit, Paulton, employed ain a boot factory. He died of Myocardia 14/2/1940 and was buried with military honours in a marked grave at Paulton Parish Cemetery near Bristol 19/2/1940.