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v     German Warplane crashes in field


In 1940, on September 8th, a German Dornier warplane crash landed in a field  at Rose Farm, near Maidstone, Kent, UK and  Bill  Edmed and his wife, together with other farm hands who had been picking fruit had to take evasive action as the plane exploded.  Of the four crew, three bodies were found and buried with honours.


When this story was told to Stewart Edmed, grandson of Bill Edmed he had not heard of it so off he went to speak to his father.

v     The Tassell family Connection


In 1995 Veronica put a message on ‘most wanted@Citynet’ for any EDMEDs in USA to contact her as a branch of the Sutton Valence Edmed’s had emigrated in 1875   (it has since been found that they returned two years later  as they appeared on the 1881 census.)


The message was found by Stewart Edmed, mentioned above, and he contacted Jim with a copy of a wonderful tree produced by Jo Watson of Tunbridge Wells.  Jo Watson is descended from the Tassell’s and John Edmed (younger brother of George Edmed mentioned on 'Our Family' page) married Nancy Tassell in 1870 and produced Sydney John Edmed who carried on the name.


v     Edmed at Gallipoli


An Edmed was at Gallipoli, Thomas Edmed, father of   Doug Edmed of Bognor Regis went as a boy soldier with the East Kent Buffs, he was found to be underage, he became a signaller. He was one of the youngest soldiers at Gallipolli aged 16 years in 1915.  He is featured in the World War 1 exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London, UK.


Thomas survived Gallipoli and went on to marry Fanny Coomber. 
Thomas’s father, Thomas, was a Colour Sergeant with the Welsh Fusiliers and had a large family of 8 with his first wife Mary Lee, some born in India, and 6 with his wife Alice. Most of his children lived to over 70.







v     Miscellaneous Historical Edmeds

Still to be investigated fully

1330    Gervase Edmede mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of Kent


1334    Roger Edemede of Kent


1485    John Edmed of Warwickshire (at the time of the Wars of the Roses)


1577    William Edmete of  Sussex


1577    Robert Edmets of Sussex


1900    George Edmed de Mille Author in USA


1920    George Edmed Mayor of Hastings, possibly infamous


1900s   Gwendoline Edmed Headmistress


1935    Frank Edmed O B E – chemist for MOD, died 1940


1858    John Edmed  First Headmaster of Reedham School, Croydon
Below is the view from Hartlip churchyard