Grandparents and parents
Edward’s paternal grandparents were Edward and Anne Smith, both born in Manchester. They had at least 8 children. In 1861 they lived in Thurloe St, Rusholme, with 7 children and 2 servants. The oldest son was Edward Ambery Smith, then aged 9. Edward Snr was an assistant overseer (Poor Law). In 1871 they lived at 4 Park Crescent, Crescent Range, Victoria Park, Rusholme, and Edward Snr was described as a steam ship owner, public accountant, estate and insurance agent. They had 1 servant. Edward’s parents were Edward Ambery and Mary Eliza Smith. They married about 1887 and had 6 children, of whom one died. In 1881 they lived in Lansdowne Rd, Edward Ambery was an accountant and estate agent and they had 3 children and a servant. In 1891 they lived at 61 Clyde Rd with 5 children and a servant. In 1901 they lived at 73 Clyde Rd. They were at the same address in 1911. Edward Ambery died in 1917 and Mary later moved to Spring Bank, Marlborough Rd, Buxton.
Edward was born on 3 March 1879 in Chorlton-on-Medlock. He was baptised on 30 March 1879 at St John Chrysostom, Rusholme. He attended William Hulme’s Grammar School from 1892 until 1895. In 1901 he was an insurance clerk and in 1911 a railway clerk, aged 32. He was still living with his parents and siblings.
He served as a private with the 12th (Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, service number 12452. He died on 2 September 1918 in the Somme. He is buried at A I F Burial Ground, Flers, reference III. L. 25. He is also commemorated on the Old Hulmeians War Memorial.
Probate was awarded in London on 18 December 1918. He left £468 4s 6d to his brother, Sydney Arthur George Smith, a fire engineer.