1. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour11D GQS
2. Grave:Abney Park CemeteryM.7. 1972

Awards & Titles:


Early Life :

Born in Croydon, to Edward and Anna Ardley.Birth registered in 1st quarter of 1873

Married Constance Octavia Timms in 4th quarter of 1904

In 1901, aged 28, he was living at home with parents at Seymour Cottage, Caterham working for his father as a Building Contractor's Saleman. He married Constance Octavia Timms in 1904, and they had a son together the following year. Edward Brakespeare Ardley born 10th August 1905. By 1911, his son Edward had passed away, but his daughter Joan, born 1909 was present at 7, Elfindale Road, Herne Hill address. He had by now become a salesman of office furniture.

He was presented with the Freedom of the City of London in the Company of Painter Stainers on the 20th June 1911.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Honourable Artillery Company 

Action : Accident 

Accidents were a minor factor in the casualty list. Our definition is deaths resulting from activities that were not directly associated with 'active service'. We have excluded Naval Accidents which are seperately identified because of their numbers and impact. Many accidents involved the aviators, operating at the the limits of technology.

Admitted into HAC on 9th March 1905

Attested for service 7th April 1908. At this time he was resident at Elfendale Road, Herne Hill. S.E. In 1908, aged 371 he re-engaged annually until 1910 when he engaged for a further 4 years, and shortly after hostilities commenced, he had signed up for foreign service.

His records allude to an accidental death. Whilst there was no coroner's inquiry, there was a report generated which was the subject of a search by the War Office.

At the time of his death he had completed 19 years and 187 days. Strangely he is discharged on account of him being deceased.

Detail :

4 Farrier Staff Sergeant Edward Osborne Ardley, "B" Battery Honourable Artillery Company, 2nd City of London. Territorial Force.
Died 27th September 1914

Probate ARDLEY Edward Osborn of 7 Elphindale-road Herne Hill Surrey armoury sergenat H.A.C. died 27 September 1914 at Norwood Cottage Hospital Norwood Surrey. Administration London 28 August to Constance Octavia Ardley widow. Effects £30.

His wife and two children were granted 22s/6d per week pension from 12 April 1915.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Guardian No. 2625 E.C.London
Joined : FitzRoy No. 569 E.C. London

29th April 1897
26th June 1897
28th October 1897

The 1933 scroll shows the listing as Edwin O. ARDLEY, Farrier-Sergeant. He had not previously been included in the 1921 working.

The contribution record of FitzRoy Lodge No 569 does not show and Edwin O., but does show an Edward Osborne and lists him as an Office Fitter, resident at 27 Wormwood Street, E.C. The record shows him in arrears of subscriptions from 1911-1913, but has the annotation of "Died Sep 1914." He was a joining member of this lodge 26th February 1909, having originated from The Guardian Lodge No. 2625. The military link to the Honourable Artillery Company, suggest Edward is the correct person.

Guardian Lodge show him initiated in 1897 and the register shows his father as a founder member, him having been also a member of L1769. Edward Jnr, resigned from this lodge in October 1903.

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