Rank: Guardsman
Service Number: 21355.
Regiment: 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards Killed In Action Thursday 27th April 1916 Age 29County Memorial Northwich
Grave\Panel Ref: D.4.
Edward was born on 8 Feb 1888 to parents Charles Boden and Ann formerly Hammersley.  He was from a large family who for many decades resided at 16 Navigation Road, Northwich.  He married Elizabeth Vernon in 1910 at Witton St Helen.  Edward and Elizabeth had a daughter called Nancy Boden - later Nancy Jones.

An extract from the 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards War Diary during the month of April notes the poor conditions of the trenches.  April 1st - 3rd.  Now a quiet period, the trenches were now in a terrible state after bombardment.  The principle difficulty was that water now stood in all the shell holes and the drains, of which there were few, were all cut up.  The cleaning away of debris was exceedingly slow.  Some progress was however made but a lot of water could not be got away in spite of the good fall down to the Bellewaerde Beck.  It was quite impossible to go along the front line in the daylight for more than a few yards at the beginning of the tour but on the 3rd a man could crawl along with difficulty.

4th - 7th April was spent in camp.  Following this was a return to the same line which was now in an even worse state than before owing to the Scots Guards being subjected to another bombardment.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Judith Wilde for this information on Edward.