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Edward Burdon Talbot (1885-1975)

Tailor from Gilesgate

Edward Burdon Talbot was born 3rd October 1885 at Gilesgate, Durham City, the youngest of seven children, to parents Anthony Talbot (1843 -1892) and Ann Cummings.

Edward’s parents lived all their lives in the Gilesgate area of Durham City. His father Anthony, who worked as a currier [leather work], died in 1892 at the age of 49, when Edward was 7 years old. Edward’s two eldest brothers (William Henry and Robert Anthony) both worked at the Co-op Soap Factory, which was located at Gilesgate. However in the early 1900s the factory closed and both brothers relocated with their families to work at the new factory in Irlam, Lancashire.

The 1901 census shows that Edward, now 16 years, was living with his widowed mother Annie, and siblings Roger and Mary at 46 Gilesgate. His occupation is shown as an apprentice to a tailor. It is interesting to note that an uncle, William Talbot, was also a tailor.

By 1908, Edward, now 22 years old, had married Margaret Edith Richardson, a local girl from New Elvet, Durham City. Three years later, the 1911 census shows Edward, Margaret, and their son Anthony, living at 36 Gilesgate, with Edward now being employed as a tailor at the Langley Park branch of the Co-op.

In 1915, Edward joined the DLI as No 36290 Private Edward Burdon Talbot. He was posted to the 10th Battalion, later being reposted to the 12th Battalion. He served in both France and Italy, returning home to England in March 1919, and being demobbed the following month. Whilst in Italy, Edward sustained an injury, losing the tip off his right ring finger. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

No military records have been found for Edward’s three elder brothers, this may have been due their age, so it appears that Edward was the only one to serve in the forces.

The 1939 register shows that Edward and wife Margaret had moved from Durham City to Lamesley, Gateshead, where Edward was now employed as a Permanent Ways Labourer on the railways. Whether this change in occupation was due to the finger injury from WW1, we do not know, however it was also recorded in the Register that Edward was a Special Constable in WW2.

His death was recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975 at the age of 89 years of age

Birth date: 3-Oct-1885
Death date: 1975

Gilesgate, Durham City
Lamesley, Gateshead

Tailor, later Permanent Ways Labourer on the railways

Parents: Anthony Talbot and Ann Cummings, married at St Giles Church, Durham, 25 December 1865
Siblings: Mary Ann (1868 – 1878), William Henry (1870 – 1941), Isabella (1873 – 1922), Robert Anthony (1875 – 1913), Elizabeth (1878 – ?), Roger (1880 – 1946) and Mary (1882 -?)
Wife: Margaret Edith Richardson
Children: Anthony

Service Type: Army

Military Service:
36290 Private
10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, later 12th Battalion
Special constable during the Second World War

Victory Medal
British War Medal

Contributed by Graeme E, Shincliffe

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