Ralph Edwards was born in Q3 1870 in Aston.
Like many of his family he became a publican. He started at his father's pub, The Rifleman Inn, 36 Park Road, Redditch, where in 1901 he is record as being a "beer seller".
A string of pubs followed including: The Queens Head in Tardebigge in 1911, The Greyhound, 1 Prospect Hill, Redditch in 1916-1924 and by 1928 The Crown at 1 Prospect Hill, Redditch (although in 1932 and 1936 The Crown's address changed to 21 Prospect Hill).
He is still the innkeeper there in 1939 when the wartime Register was taken.
At that time he was living with his second wife "Elizabeth M" (nee Mary Elizabeth SMITH), and his son Albert Clifford. There is also a hidden record of a child who might be a grandchild, his child by his second wife (although no birth registration of a child by EDWARDS/SMITH parents near Redditch in 1935-1939 has been found), or a step-child.
At his death on 3 February 1954 at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, Ralph was living at 64 Northfield Road, King's Norton. His effects were £1904 8s 10d. His executors were his son Albert Clifford Edwards, press toolsetter, and George Rockcliffe, foreman tiler.