1. Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Picardie
2. Memorial:Southampton Cenotaph & Memorial Wall Southampton
3. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.119
4. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour8B GQS

Awards & Titles:

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Family :

Son of Edwin and Margaret Abigail Christmas, of Southampton.
Edwin Cecil Russell CHRISTMAS (1886 - 1916) was an English amateur footballer who played twice for Southampton in 1912. Born in Southampton in early 1886, he joined Southampton F.C. as an amateur in 1908 and made several appearances for the reserve team, but his business career prevented him devoting much time to football. In 1910 he left football to devote himself full-time to his business interests but was persuaded to return to The Dell by reserve team manager George Carter the following year. In March 1912, following the dismissal of first choice centre-forward Henry Hamilton for a serious breach of club discipline, Christmas was drafted into the first team. Despite his pace and dribbling skills he was not a success and he returned to the reserves.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 18th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps 

18th (Service) Battalion (Arts & Crafts) Formed at Gidea Park in London by Major Sir Herbert Raphael on 4 June 1915. October 1915 : moved to Witley and attached to 122nd Brigade in 41st Division. Moved to Aldershot in November 1915, on to Witley in February and thence back to Aldershot. 3 May 1916 : landed at Le Havre. November 1917 : moved with the Division to Italy but returned to France in March 1918.

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

During the war, Edwin worked his way up from a private in the 28th London rifles to second lieutenant in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (service number: R4150). In October 1915, his battalion moved to Witley and came under orders of 122nd Brigade in 41st Division of the Fourth Army (led by Sir Henry Rawlinson).

On 3rd May, 1916 the battalion landed at Le Havre. In November 1917 they moved with the Division to Italy but returned to France in March 1918.

Detail :

Edwin was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Transloy Ridges, 7th October 1916 during the latter part of the Somme, between Gaudecourt and Le Sars.

For his service, he was posthumously awarded the Victory medal and the British medal in recognition of his services to his country. He is commemorated at Thiepval and Southampton Cenotaph.

See also: Southampton Cenotaph.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lodge of Peace and Harmony No. 359 E.C.Hampshire & IOW

18th January 1915
15th February 1915
21st June 1915

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