1879 - 1916 (~ 36 years)
||Edwin TIMMS |
||2 Nov 1879
||1 Apr 1881
||Juniper, Cottisford, Oxfordshire
|Agricultural Labourer |
||1 Apr 1891
||Juniper, Cottisford, Oxfordshire
|Farm Labourer Private Army Reserve |
||1 Apr 1911
||Juniper Hill, Brackley, Northamptonshire
||Albert Timms & family
||26 Apr 1916
- Transcription of pencil written letter from the men of Edwin's regiment to Emma Timms, expressing their sympathy, signed by his commanding officer and eighteen of his friends.
L/Cpl J H Murray 81615
3 Coy, 2nd Batt. 1st Infantry Regiment
1st Can. Division B. E. F.
Dear Mrs Timms
I am writing to you on behalf of myself and comrades to offer you our sympathy over the loss of your son Edward (sic). I feel that I must do this as he and I have chummed together ever since coming to France over 12 months ago. He was a comrade whose loss we greatly deplore for he was a 'soldier' and when I say that I mean a great deal, for I come from a family of soldiers and sailors from my Grandfather to myself and I am the 6th boy. We have been in some bad places together but I always felt cheerful when I knew that he was going to be with us for his cool quiet way seemed to give one confidence and we knew that if it was necessary we had a comrade with us who would stay to the finish. He was liked and trusted by both officers and men, and I can truly say that if he wished it, he could have gained promotion many times, but he always refused, for personal reasons, which I could never understand, for he knew a soldiers duties from A to Z. I was talking to him at the time he was hit and I can tell you that he suffered no pain, for with a stretcher bearer I helped to take him to cover and bandage him but he didn't need it for he died immediately, without a murmur. We buried him the next day. Our Chaplain read the burial service and the grave was well attended too. I would also like to assure you that he died as he would have wished in action for the enemy were attacking. He died a hero's death, fighting the cause of Old England, and the Empire, and his name has got to swell the list of heroes, who died for the same cause. Maybe our turn will come sooner or later. But as I have often heard Eddie say, 'It is for England', 'Thy Will be done'. He died doing his duty, which is an Englishman's privilege and which is a big consolation. He leaves to mourn his death besides yourself and family, many of his comrades who did not fall with him. Hoping this will convey to you the message of sympathy for which it is intended Mrs Timms.
J H Murray
Also signed by the following
L R Lencton Capt
A N Tyhe
A N Learmonth
(Pte) G H Ross
R G Mosher
T A Stokes
M R Ames
(boy) J May
J W Parsons
A D Bennett
||17 May 1916
|Letter from Edwin Timms' CO to his mother |
- Transcription of formal letter from Edwin Timms' commanding officer to Emma Timms, expressing sympathy at Edwin's death
17 - 5 - 16
Dear Mrs Timms
For you in your loss I deeply grieve.
Pte. Timms was one of my best men and only the day before his death he volunteered for a particularly hazardous and unpleasant duty which I found must be done.
Would I had a whole company like him.
L. R. Lencton Capt.
- Edwin TIMMS (1879–1916)
Information from his personnel file in the Canadian Army (No. 81889)
* Date enlisted: 12 Dec 1914 in Winnipeg to 32nd Overseas Infantry Battalion (he is referred to as Edward Timms in his Army records)
* Date of birth listed as 12 Sept 1879
* At some point a clerk corrected his home from 'Jump Hill' to 'Juniper Hill'
* He listed his former service as 12 years in the West Yorks (though Flora's biographies suggest he only served with them from 1899 to 1907)
* His battalion sailed for England on 23 Feb 1915 – stationed in Shorncliffe, the battalion was renamed the 32nd Reserve Battalion and provided reinforcements to the units at the front
* He was sent to the 2nd 'Eastern Ontario' Battalion on 5 May 1915 – that battalion had gone to France in Feb 1915
* He was hospitalised with rheumatic fever for 8 days in Nov 1915
* He would have had two periods of leave in England, March–May 1915, and an 8-day home leave from 20–28 Mar 1916 (this latter period would be the time Flora missed seeing him due to her children's illness)
* He was killed during a period of relative quiet, after the battle for the St Eloi craters, on 26 Apr 1916
* Flora tells us (in Heatherley) that the notification letter was misdirected – possibly due to the fact that his mother's address was given as near Brackley in 'North Hants' rather than 'Northants'!
* In May 1920, his mother Emma Timms was sent his three service medals, as well as the Canadian Memorial Cross, a small silver cross with a purple neck ribbon sent to all widows and mothers of Canadian casualties – the medals and the cross would be engraved with his name and service number
* To his father (although he had died in 1918) was sent his 'death plaque' (a circular bronze medallion bearing his name) and a death scroll, numbered 763901
* There is a copy of a letter written to his mother in June 1915 indicating that if he was killed, all his pay would go to her – his pay would have been $1.00 a day, or £1.10 a day in France. A form in the file indicates that his pension was denied to his mother after his father had died on 13 Dec 1918 – nor was Emma Timms given the $20/month separation allowance, for reasons not stated
* Edwin is buried in grave II.F.3 in Woods Cemetery, Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
* The badge worn by Flora in the photograph in Christine Bloxham's biography (page 44) is an early unauthorised version of the 2nd Battalion badge – Edwin would probably have sent it to her sometime between May 1915 and April 1916, which may help to date the picture – she is not showing any sign of mourning
Thanks to Gordon Crossley, Archivist of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment, Winnipeg, for information on Edwin Timms' service record in the Canadian Army
Courtesy of www.johnowensmith.co.uk
||1. Essex Ennevers
||3 May 2019 |
||Albert TIMMS, Born: 1853, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire , Died: 1918 (Age 65 years) |
||Emma DIPPER, Born: 19 Nov 1853, Ardley, Oxfordshire , Died: 1933 (Age 79 years) |
||Bicester District, Oxfordshire
||Flora Jane Thompson (nee Timms), authoress|
Authoress of Lark Rise to Candleford
||Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Edwin Timms (1879-1916)|
An image of Edwin Timms, c1905 (portrayed as Edmund Timmins in the series Lark Rise to Candleford) by Henry Westbury.
Edwin Timms was the inspiration for Edmund Timmins in the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford (2008/9). Edwin was Flora's younger brother, and the eldest son of the Timms family. Edwin was thought of as an odd child, as like Flora…