Private Percy James Edwards (3960432) served with the 1st Battalion Welch Regiment during World War Two.
He was the son of Ernest Walter Edwards and Teresa Josephine Edwards of Belfast, Co. Antrim. Percy was the husband of Winnifred Edwards of Belfast, Co. Antrim. He died while in Germany on 4th June 1943 aged 26 years old.
Welch regiment in World War Two
1st Battalion Welch Regiment was in North Africa at the time. They suffered heavy losses, being overrun by Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Corps. The Desert Fox’s troops swept through Cyrenaica and Libya in the First Battle of El Alamein.
It is likely that Private Edwards found himself in Germany as a prisoner of war. This was shortly before the 1st Battalion entered a period of reorganisation.
Percy James Edwards’ grave is in Section 11, Row J, Grave 17 of the 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenberg, Berlin, Germany. His headstone bears the inscription “we who loved him will never forget.”