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