Thursday, August 21, 2014
Edwin Baldock is noted in Chailey Parish Magazine in January, March and April 1916 as having attested. The remark, "medically unfit" is recorded next to his name and this was due to the fact that he had been kicked in the leg by a horse before the war. The injury was sufficient to prevent him being called up for military service.
Edwin's grandson recalls that he worked with horses but that his main occupation was that of a sign-writer. He had married Emily Page on 9th November 1907 and although initially based in Chailey Parish, the couple had moved to Brighton. Emily died in 1944 and Edwin died in May 1956.
Kelly’s 1915 directory for Sussex lists a Chailey Edwin Baldock as Farm Bailiff and Chailey resident Reg Philpott remembers that the Baldock family came from nearby Wivelsfield where they were butchers and blacksmiths.
Photograph of Edwin in later life courtesy of his grandson, Michael Baldock. Probate calendar extract taken from Ancestry.