Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Edwin Mallin
12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
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Edwin George Mallin was born in 1871 in Birmingham. In 1897 he married Lizzie Howard Adams of Coleshill and their first child, also called Edwin, was born in 1898. By 1901 the family were living at 76 Ascot Road, Northfield, Birmingham, and Edwin was working as a labourer. Lizzie was admitted to the Central Hospital of the Warwick Country Lunatic Asylum in 1907, where she remained for several years. By 1911 Edwin and his son were boarding with the Bicknell family on Coventry Road in Coleshill. Edwin senior was working as a farm labourer and Edwin junior attended the Parochial School.\r\n\r\nFollowing the outbreak of war Edwin George Mallin enlisted in Birmingham into the 12th (Service) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own), service number 13250. Private Mallin would have been about 44 years old at the time of enlistment, and it is thought that he gave his age as ten years younger in order to sign up. The 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment were formed in September 1914 as part of K3 and were under the orders of the 63rd Brigade, 21st Division. Private Mallin landed with his Battalion at Boulogne on the 11th September 1915. They travelled by train and route march to Noeux-les-Mires, arriving on the 25th September. The following day they relieved the Northamptons and the Battalion saw their first action of the war the next day. It was in this action on the 27th September 1915 that Private Mallin was killed. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, and on the Parish War Memorial, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church, Coleshill. Private Mallin was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, Allied Victory and British War medals.