Charley Dedman was born in Sawbridgeworth in 1887 and was working in Leicestershire where he signed up for the Leicestershire regiment. He was one of the first 50 civilian volunteers to go to France. Sadly he was killed by a German bullet in the head in 1916 and was buried near Guillemont in the Somme. Ironically, the regiment was based in Sawbridgeworth for training before they went to the front.
At the time his mother was still living in Sawbridgeworth and had three other sons fighting in the war. Is it possible that he has relatives still living in the area? It would be interesting to know.
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