Edwin Freeth was the fourth child of James Freeth & Alice McGarvey born February 21st, 1879 at Smethwick, Staffs.
By 1881 the family were living at 62 Brook St, Smethwick & Edwin now had 2 older sisters & an older brother.
Edwin was still at home in 1891 at the same address & his father was now a glue maker. Edwin was a scholar & he had 4 sisters & a brother at home.
In 1901 Edwin was still living at the family home, now at 1 Pool Rd, Smethwick & he was working as a labourer at the brass foundry.
By 1911 Edwin was boarding with his sister Julia & her husband Thomas Barrowman Love & their young family at 47 Harding St, Smethwick. Edwin was described as a general labourer.
Edwin enlisted on August 29th, 1914. It was noted on his records that he was a Roman Catholic. He served as a rifleman with the Kings Rifle Regiment during WW1 & was posted to France. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal & the Victory Medal & was demobilised in 1919.
Edwin married Ida Beatrice Clifton on October 18th, 1919 at St Philip’s, Smethwick. Ida was born October 9th, 1886 at Birmingham, the daughter of Anne & George Clifton, a stationary engine driver.
The 1939 register shows Edwin & Ida living at 49 Addenbrooke Rd, Smethwick & Edwin was a labourer for the Public Works Department. Their daughter Alice was with them.
Daughter Eileen married Ernest R Olsen in July-September 1945 in Smethwick. Eileen & Ernest emigrated to the USA & there is a record of Eileen returning from New York alone to England in February 1948 & her proposed address in the UK was 49 Addenbrooke Rd.
Daughter Alice married Herbert L T Evans in 1947 in Smethwick. Daughter Ida married Eddie Phillips in 1954 in Smethwick.
Edwin died in Jan-March 1951, aged 71, his death being registered at Smethwick.
Ida died in Jan-March 1972 at Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.
The children of Edwin Freeth & Ida Beatrice Clifton were:
fh.126.96.36.199.6.4.1 Norman Edwin James Freeth born February 26th, 1920 at 36 Harding St, Smethwick; died Jan-March 1935 in Birmingham
fh.188.8.131.52.6.4.2 Ida Beatrice Freeth born May 10th, 1921 at Smethwick; died April 2006 in Birmingham
fh.184.108.40.206.6.4.3 Eileen M Freeth born Oct-December 1922 at Smethwick
fh.220.127.116.11.6.4.4 Alice W Freeth born May 27th, 1925 at Smethwick