SURNAME:Edden also recorded as Eaden
BORN:12 04 1833
AT:Alders Mill, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire
BAPTISED:10 05 1835
AT:St. Editha's church, Tamworth, Staffordshire
FATHER:John, a Coalminer [also recorded as a Greengrocer, although no evidence supports this.]
MOTHER:Mary, née Thirlby
SIBLINGS: Henry Edden, born 15 02 1826, Tamworth, Staffordshire, buried 15 05 1826
Anne Edden, born 25 06 1827, Tamworth, Staffordshire, buried 10 02 1832, aged 6
George Edden, born 24 04 1829, Tamworth, Staffordshire, buried 9 11 1830
Mary Edden, born 18 07 1831, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Emma Edden, born 21 03 1832, Alders Mills, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Samuel Edden, born 24 03 1837, Alders Mills, Tamworth, Staffordshire, died 1908
Joseph Edden, born 22 12 1838, Tamworth Staffordshire
William Edden, born 03 01 1841, Tamworth, Staffordshire, died 1915
Francis Edden, born 27 02 1843, Tamworth, Staffordshire, died 25 02 1844
Thomas Edden, born 27 09 1844, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Charles Edden, born 03 07 1847, Tamworth, Staffordshire, died 1876
Alfred Edden, born 24 11 1850, Tamworth, Staffordshire, died 1930
1st REGIMENT NO:1481
ENLISTED:13 or 15 02 1851 Lichfield aged 17 years 10/11 months
HEIGHT AT ENLISTMENT:5' 7½" or 5' 7"
RANK:1851: Private
1855: Private
Apr 1861: Private, Portobello Barracks Dublin
1863: Private
COURT MARTIALS:District Court Martial Camp Balaklava Crimea 09 03 1855
Charged with [1] Disobedience of orders/command, and [2] Abusive language/Insubordinate conduct
Sentenced to 50 lashes
District Court Martial Crimea 20 12 1855
Charged with disobeying command of a superior and resisting escort
Sentenced to 50 lashes
MEDALS:Crimea: Alma, Inkerman, Balaklava. List dated 07 01 1855
OTHER DUTIES:29 11 1854: To Scutari
NOTES:Family allowance 2s 2d. and 12s.
Discharge allowance Newbridge to Dublin 2s 2d., Dublin to Tamworth 12s. Total £ 8s 4d.
POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:At death a general haulier and army pensioner.
DIED:Saturday 15 10 1898 aged 65 years, 44 Lichfield Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire, of bronchitis, certified by A.E. Richardson, M.D. The informant was John's son Alfred Edden of the same address, present at death.
BURIED:Thursday 20 10 1898, Wiggington Cemetery, Grave No. 1086
WIFE:Margaret Edmunds/Edmonds, full age, of 39 Mount Pleasant Square, Dublin
Daughter of George Edmunds/Edmonds, a Mason, of 39 Mount Pleasant Square, Dublin
MARRIED:12 04 1861 at St Peters Dublin, Church of Ireland
Married after banns by J J Ma___ly
John, Bachelor, full age, Private 4LD, Portobello Barracks
Witnesses J[ames] Calcraft [4LD] and Elizabeth Calcraft [x]
DIED: 10 05 1912 aged 72 years, Tamworth
BURIED: 13 05 1912, Wiggington Cemetery, Grave No. 1087 [Entry No. 917 in Burial Book G.]
1st CHILD:George Edden
BORN:14 07 1861 Dublin [John stationed at Portobello Barracks]
BAPTISED:24 07 1861 Dublin
DIED:26 01 1916 Bolebridge Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire
NOTES:Was a Draper and Councillor in Tamworth, Staffordshire
2nd CHILD:Mary Ann Edden
BORN:2Q 1863 or 3Q 1863
MARRIED:William Jones
3rd CHILD:John Edden
BORN:04 02 1865 Gungate, Tamworth, Staffordshire.
BAPTISED:01 10 1865, Father a labourer.
DIED:1906 Gateshead
4th CHILD:Margaret Edden
BORN:29 11 1867 Aldergate, Tamworth
BAPTISED:07 12 1867, Father a labourer, DB [Deceased?]
5th CHILD:Margaret Edden
BORN:1868 [Tamworth]
BAPTISED:04 10 1868, Father a labourer
MARRIED:Ebenezer Spicer
6th CHILD:Eliza Edden
BORN:25 08 1869 Aldergate, Tamworth
BAPTISED:03 10 1869, Father a labourer
MARRIED:Henry Croshaw
DIED:March 1900, Tamworth
7th CHILD:Fanny Edden
BORN:May 1872, Tamworth
DIED:21 12 1874, Tamworth
8th CHILD:Jane Edden
BORN:05 11 1874
MARRIED:William Henry Ashwood, 08 09 1900, St. Editha's, Tamworth
DIED:27 05 1926
9th CHILD:Lillie Edden
BORN:30 09 1876, Father a labourer of 47 Lichfield Street
MARRIED:Isaac Pearn, 25 12 1905, St. Editha's, Tamworth
10th CHILD:Charles Henry Edden
BORN:21 02 1879, 45 Lichfield Street
MARRIED:Harriet Elizabeth Kinson, 28 01 1905, St. Chad's Church, Lichfield
DIED:15 03 1939, Kettlebrook
11th CHILD:Alfred Edden
BORN:09 04 1881, 45 Lichfield Street, Tamworth
DIED:1940, London
OTHER SOURCES:Honour the Light Brigade
Family information
Census Returns
Irish Genealogy Church Records
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Daily News
Crimean Inquiry testimony

The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury
Saturday 3 August 1867
Staffordshire Assizes
Before Mr. Justice Mellor
Slandering a Police Officer.
Longdon v. Clamp.
Mr. Henry James and Mr. Pritchard for the plaintiff; Mr. Huddleston, Q.C., and Mr. Young for the defendant. This action was brought by Mr. Longdon, police-sergeant, Tamworth, against Mr. Thos. Clamp, publican, of the same place, for damages to plaintiff's character through slanderous charges made by defendant. The pleas of the defendant were - first, not guilty; and second, that the plaintiff was guilty of larceny. The slander complained of was that, on the 3rd of June, when plaintiff was taking a lad to the police-station at Tamworth, defendant charged Longdon with having stolen some vegetables from defendant's garden, and that he afterwards repeated the charge. The following evidence was taken: -
Mr. Motteram, builder, Tamworth, said he was, on the 3rd of June, going along the street with Longdon and another police-officer. The officers were taking a lad to the police-station. They met Mr. Clamp, and he asked what was the matter. On being informed, Clamp remarked "I will have Longdon locked up before night for stealing brocoli." He added that he was going about it then.
Thomas Broom deposed that one night when he was at the Bricklayers' Arms, Tamworth, Clamp and Longdon were there, and the latter asked Clamp what he had been saying about him. Clamp replied, "What I have been saying about you is that you have been stealing my brocoli."
Longdon asked, "Can you prove it?" and Clamp said, "I can, and shall have great pleasure in doing so." -
Thomas Argyle, Town Clerk, Tamworth, was consulted by plaintiff about the charge, and having seen Mr. Clamp, the latter said that a Mr. Edden had informed him of the theft. Defendant at the same time said he was sorry he had made the charge, and he did not believe it was true, because he had had a man watching the garden at the time he said the theft was committed. Witness wrote to Mr. Clamp, requiring him to make an apology.
Thomas Birch, assistant to a provision-dealer at Tamworth, stated that he met plaintiff on the Sunday morning in question, shortly after ten o'clock, and went with him into church. Longdon was dressed in his uniform.
Richard Longdon, the plaintiff, stated that he went to bed at ten o'clock on the Saturday night before Easter Sunday. Next morning he rose at ten o'clock, dressed himself in his uniform, and went to church, where he had to attend the Mayor and Magistrates. On the 28th of April he was coming from Wiggington to Tamworth, and having passed near Clamp's garden, witness met a man named Sanders, who gave him four heads of brocoli. -
Mrs. Longdon, wife of the plaintiff, corroborated the evidence of her husband as to the time when he left his house on the Sunday morning in question. -
For the defence, Mr. Huddlestan called John Edden, a pensioner, who deposed that he was near Mr. Clamp's garden on Easter Sunday, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, and he saw Sergeant Longdon in the garden in plain clothes. He took a knife out of his pocket and cut off three heads of brocoli. Witness called to a friend, named Silvester, to come and see what Longdon was doing. before Silvester got up Longdon left the garden. He saw a man named Hatton meet Longdon.-
Cross-examined by Mr. James: Witness was fined 10s. at the Police Court, at Tamworth, in 1866. -
James Silvester corroborated the evidence of Edden, as to seeing Longdon with the brocoli on Easter Sunday. Witness confessed to several convictions and terms of imprisonment for being drunk and riotous. -
His Lordship remarked that the list was as long as the thirty-nine Articles. [Laughter]. - Witness could only remember six of the times. [Laughter]. -
His Lordship; "Were you charged with stealing manure in April last?"
Witness: "Yes, but it was `gave' to me." [Laughter]. -
William Hatton, carpenter, stated that he was in Mr. Clamp's garden on Easter Sunday, and Longdon was there, the latter had some brocoli in his pocket.-
The next witness was Thomas Clamp, the defendant. In the month of June he heard that Edden had been saying something about the garden. He went to Edden, and heard what he had stated in his evidence. Witness then went to a man named Barker, who had been watching witness's garden, and Barker told Mr. Clamp that he saw Silvester and Edden going over the stile, and that Sergeant Longdon followed. Mr. Huddleston and Mr. James having addressed the Jury for the plaintiff and defendant respectively, his Lordship summed up. While the charge made against the constable was a very serious one, yet, if they thought that the defendant had made the charge on incorrect information, it would not be the duty of the jury to give heavy damages. It was always a proper plea - in such an action if it could be substantiated - that the charge was a true one, and therefore the Jury had to consider whether it was true or not. He believed that if the jury found a verdict for the defendant, Mr. Longdon could be put on his trial for felony. And therefore they must sift the evidence as if they were trying a criminal charge. If they found a verdict for the plaintiff, they should not give excessive damages; but at the same time a serious charge had been made, and the defendant, by his plea, had determined to stand on the charge he had made. Certain substantial damages would be due in the event of their deciding for plaintiff.
After a short consultation, the Jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, damages £5.

The Pall Mall Gazette
Monday 17 October 1898
Death of a Balaclava Hero
Mr. John Edden, who died at Tamworth (Staffordshire) on Saturday, took part in the famous charge of the Light Brigade, as a private in the 4th Hussars. He was sixty-five years of age and a native of Tamworth. Death was due to asthma and weakness caused by an old wound. Military honours will probably be paid at the funeral.

Western Mail (Cardiff)
Tuesday 18 October 1898
Death of a Crimean Hero
The death took place at Tamworth on Saturday, at an advanced age, of Mr. John Edden, a survivor of the famous Balaclava Charge. Deceased, who was a private in the 4th Light Horse at the time, had for a long period been in failing health. On the Diamond Jubilee Day he was present with the other survivors in London, and subsequently received an allowance of 5s. per week from the "Illustrated Bits" fund. The deceased was the last man to answer to his name at the "roll call" after the famous charge, and at a public dinner at Tamworth last year, after his return from the Metropolis, the veteran gave a graphic description of the part he took in that charge, and also of her Majesty's kindly greeting to the veterans on Jubilee Day. His remains will probably be accorded a military funeral.

John Edden, Crimean Letter


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