Private T/243426 1/5th Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
The form submitted to the Ash War Memorial committee states that Edwin Heather served for 1 year and 4 months and was killed by a bomb.
The regimental war diaries record that his battalion marched to Haditha (near Baghdad) on at 7am on 28th March 1918. At 6pm "Battn took over No 3 piquet guard on dump in island & also despatched 14 men as guard to aerodrome 5 miles up the Aman Road." At 6.30pm "243626 Pte E Heather killed, & 241623 Pte Sewell wounded by bomb accident".
Edwin was born in 1885 in Worplesdon and was the son of James and Emily Heather. The censuses record that in 1901 his father was bailiff of Perry Hill Farm in Worplesdon and Edwin was a farm labourer, and that in 1911 he was married to Alice and living in 1 Windmill Cottages, in College Road in Ash.
The Surrey and Hants News 11 April 1918 reported that Mrs Heather of Guildford Road had been left with 2 children, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records her address as 1 Drakes Cottages, Ash Street. The electoral registers record that Alice Heather lived at 1 Drake’s Cottages in 1921, whilst Edwin’s mother Emily is recorded as lived at Heather Cottage, Hillside Road in 1918.