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Based on a cursory comparison of this article with Branagan's Life (see References) it is riddled with inaccuracies. It is also quite badly expressed. I have made some changes but until someone does a proper proof-read and fact-check against Branagan I think it should be considered unreliable.--Jack Upland 12:21, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
I have tried to do this and have cut out a lot of material that is too POV or irrelevant. It still needs work.--Jack Upland 09:17, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
A most admorable man, but there are two big calls here that sound unlikley to me: 1) [In WWI] David enlisted as a Major, at age 58, one of the oldest enlisted men on the Allied side. Really ? One of the oldest ? And in any case if he is a Major is he really an enlisted man? and 2) On 7 June 1917 his wartime contribution culminated in the mining of German positions in the Battle of Messines Really ? The single most significant mining event of WWI and an officer in an Army which doesn't even have a Mining Corps is responsible for the operation ? I doubt it. Refs please ! -Sticks66 13:22, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
(1) I'm not sure what the quibble about "enlisted" is. He wasn't part of the pre-existing military: he joined up. Isn't that enlisting? And exactly how many people were older than 58?
(2) Regarding the mining the evidence is given in David Branagan's book. Sorry, I don't have page numbers. The text here doesn't say "responsible", though I think that is supportable.--Jack Upland (talk) 11:15, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Enlisted ranks are separate from commissioned ranks like major. While there were some generals that were older than David, it is possible that he was the oldest active-duty soldier below the rank of colonel (after the first few months of the war, at least). Vgy7ujm (talk) 18:33, 28 February 2010 (UTC)
Having just read Brannigan's biography of Edgeworth David, I've started doing some work on associated articles, and am about to add an infobox to this one, after which I will be expanding and tidying up the supporting text. Cheers, Bahudhara (talk) 04:18, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Putting Edgeworth in inverted commas seems to imply that it was a nickname, which it was not. It was a family middle name that TWED happened to use as his chosen given name instead of Tannatt (acquired via his great-grandmother Heriot Cunningham Tannatt) or William (from his father). There are numbers of Edgeworths on the family tree (and an Edgeworthia) down at least to Professor Michael Edgeworth McIntyre, TWED's great-grandson. To return to the inverted commas, the first line of the entry for Rudyard Kipling, for instance, does not commence Joseph "Rudyard" Kipling despite him being popularly known by a middle name. Cheers - TWED's gg-granddaughter-in-law Anguisetleaena (talk) 11:35, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately the guidelines and examples in Wikipedia's Manual of Style mainly refer to how names should be used in the titles of articles, and don't explicitly cover how they are to be formatted in the lead paragraph, and this has lead to some inconsistencies - e.g. see H. G. Wells vs T. E. Lawrence. Re your suggestion, I've based my change to this article on the latter example. Cheers, Bahudhara (talk) 01:28, 24 April 2014 (UTC)