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Edward Shedden PTE EDWD SHEDDEN 15TH H.L.I.

35692 Private Edward Shedden

1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

missing presumed dead 8th May 1918

aged 27

Tyne Cot Memorial
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Freeland Church Memorial

Son of Robert Shedden and Emily Kelly
Commercial Buildings, Main Street, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Edward Shedden was born on 6th April 1890 at 162 Boden Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, the son of Robert Shedden, a journeyman currier from Kilmarnock, and Emily Kelly from Greenock, who had married in Greenock East on 26th April 1879.

In 1881 Robert (22), Emily (21), and their 11 month old son Robert were living in 1 McLean's Land, Port Glasgow Road, East Greenock. Robert's brother William (19), a general labourer from Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, was living with them.

In 1891 the Shedden family of six, including Edward (1), was living at 70 Bernard Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow.

In 1901 the Shedden family, now of eight, was living in 159 Avenue Street, Newlands, Glasgow. William (16) was an apprentice blacksmith and James (14) a millworker. Robert junior was no longer in the family home.

In 1911 Robert, by then a widower, was living in a two roomed tenement flat in Gryffe Place, Main Street, Bridge of Weir with six of his family. James was now a cartwright, Edward (20) a golf club maker, John a tanner, Jane tended the home, and the two youngest boys were at school. William was no longer in the family home. Robert was still employed by the Bridge of Weir tannery in 1917 as a hand setter (by then living in Maxwell Terrace).

By 1914 Edward was living in 1 Windsor Place, and was a professional golfer at Ralston Golf Club, having been assistant professional at Old Ranfurly Golf Club, Bridge of Weir between 1905 and 1907. He had been fourth in the Glasgow & District Professional Golf Association Championship in 1910, runner-up in the Autumn Competition in 1911 and winner in 1913 at Cochran Castle. He entered the 1914 Open Championship.

Edward volunteered in November 1914 and was enlisted into the 10th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (Service no. 1035). He first entered the theatre of war in France on 23rd November 1915. At some time during his army service he transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 19th Brigade, 33rd Division. Edward fought in the Battle of the Somme and on 15th July 1916 was shot and wounded in the right arm. He returned to active service. His death occurred on 8th May 1918 in a counter-attack mounted after an enemy attack on the front lines. His name is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial, alongside 35,000 other officers and men whose graves are not known. His medal index card simply states "missing".


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
Robert11 mo Robert11Greenock, Renfrewshire
William7William16Greenock, Renfrewshire
James4James14James24Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire
Edward1Edward11Edward*20Glasgow, Lanark
6John9John18Glasgow, Lanark
Jane5Jane16Glasgow, Lanark
Alexander2Alexander12 Glasgow, Lanark
Donald9 Glasgow, Lanark

* = not in Robert and Emily Shedden's family home - see text for details


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