EDWARD HOUNSOME 1898-1918
Edward Hounsome was the second son of Elizabeth & Frederick. He was born in September 1898 at Stream House in Longparish, which was an Inn ale house and grocers.
Edward had three brothers, one of which died less than one years old, and three sisters. His Mother helped run the grocers and his father was a carrier owning several horses and wagons. His Father Frederick looked after Longparish cemetery after the Great War.
Later the family moved to Forton where Elizabeth ran the off -licence and grocery store.
In 1912 Edward left school at fourteen and went to work at Noyces butchers in Winchester Street, Andover. He cycled the five miles daily from Forton to Andover.
In 1915 a letter arrived for Edward and inside was a white feather. Edward was still too young to serve, but he lied about his age and enlisted. A white feather was a symbol of a coward and we can only assume that as Edward was very tall for his age, someone thought he was older than he actually was, and implied he was a coward by not enlisting.
Edward joined the 1st battalion Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) regiment. He died under fire in the Guyencourt area of France on 27 May 1918. Hundreds of men died that day and Edward has no known grave but is commemorated on the Soissons memorial, about sixty miles north east of Paris.
Edward is also remembered on Longparish War Memorial.
Edward was awarded the British War Medal; the Allied Victory Medal ; and the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque, otherwise known as the ‘Death Penny’.
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