Edward was the eldest of three sons born in South Hornsey on 15th September 1896. His parents were GPO telegraphist, Edward Fugler and his wife, Alberta. The family lived in Pembroke Road, Seven Kings in 1911, when Edward was 14 years old and still at school.
Edward joined Ilford County High School on 14th September 1909 and left on 3rd July 1912. Previously, he had attended Downshall Elementary School in Ilford. On the school register, Edward’s occupation after leaving was recorded as ‘Boy Clerk: Civil Service.’
In the war, Edward enlisted with the 17th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (formerly the London Rifle Brigade). His service number was A/200049. He died, aged 20, on 21st September 1916 and was buried at Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas- de- Calais, France (Grave IV.0.8).
After the war, Edward’s father kept in contact with the headteacher of Ilford County High School and in a letter (dated 10th March 1921), revealed that Edward’s older brother, Laurence (also an old boy) had become a Master Mariner for the China Navigation Co., in Shanghai.
Research by Andrew Emeny, History Teacher at ICHS
ICHS school records and magazines
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Ilford County High School started life as the Park Higher Grade School in 1901 in Balfour Road, Ilford. It was renamed Ilford County High School (or initially County High School, Ilford) in the years after the school’s management was transferred from Ilford School Board to Essex Education Committee in 1904.