Born: 10th August 1887, Medicine Hat, Cypress, Alberta, Canada.
Died: 26th December 1940; age 53; of Disseminated Sclerosis at 16, Hatfield Road, Ipswich. Victoria was present at death.
Before returning to Ipswich, Edward had been at the Belmont Sick Bay, Haines Hall, Taunton, Somerset.
Residence: 16, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Height: 5ft 11 1/2ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.
Maclgywyn – Apprentice – 12th September 1903 – 4 years.
Neotsfield – Apprentice – 12th September 1907 – 6 months & 13 days – Able Seaman – 27th March 1908.
Rhuddlan Castle – 3rd Mate – 26th August 1908 – 1st December 1908 – 3 months & 6 days.
Viking – Able Seaman – 1st December 1908 – 10th April 1909 – 4 months & 10 days.
Bucentaur – Able Seaman – 10th April 1909 – 1st June 1909 – 1 month & 21 days.
5 years, 3 months & 20 days.
Rank: Chief Officer.
Regiment: Canadian Merchant Navy – S.S. ‘Dover Hill’ (Glasgow).
Sec. J. Div. 1. Grave 30.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward & Maziere Edmonds; husband of Victoria Grace Edmonds, of Clacton-on Sea, Essex.
Also served in the 1914 -1918 War.
Father: Edward Thurso Edmonds, born 1857, Oundle, Northamptonshire – died November 1920, Kerikeri, New Zealand. An Electrician & Engineer.
Mother: Maziere Edmonds (nee Sergent), born 1867, Nova Scotia, Canada.
2nd May 1891 Johnson Street Ward, Victoria City, British Columbia, Canada.
Edward was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Edward Edmonds, 34, CofE.
Maziere Edmonds, 24,
Mary Edmonds, 5,
Frank Edmonds, 2.
1901 Grammar School, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset.
Edward was 13 years old, a boarder & scholar. His 12 year old brother, Frank George Edmonds was also a boarder & scholar at the grammar school. Head Master – Reverend Charles Edward Lucette, a Clerk in Holy Orders.
On Tuesday, 11th December 1917, in the afternoon, at Bath, Somerset, Edward R.N.R. married, Victoria Grace Gibbons, born December 1886, Ipswich.
They had 2 sons:
Francis Edward Edmonds, born August 1919, Bath, Somerset.
Maxwell John Edmonds, born December 1921, Bath, Somerset.
Victoria was a State Registered Nurse. She was educated at St. Alban’s, Leytonstone & Belgium. Victoria completed her hospital training at The County Hospital, Huntingdon – 26th January 1905 – 26th January 1908 – 3 Years Certificate. At the time of her marriage Victoria had been nursing in the city of Bath for almost 8 years. For 3 1/2 years she was a Queen’s nurse, in which capacity she became known to a large number of people in moderate and poor circumstances, her district being the centre of the city and Lower Weston.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – 15th December 1917
Emigration & Employment
On the 20th September 1919, Edward arrived at the port of New York, USA. He was 32 years old, and a 2nd Mate for the crew of S.S. ‘New York City’. Master – John Joseph Carey. The S.S. ‘New York City had departed from the port of Bristol on the 6th September 1919. Edward gave his address at 9, Portland Place, Bath, Somerset. He was Canadian, and could read, he was 5ft 11 1/2ins and had a tattoo of the British Empire on chest.
On the 8th April 1927, Edward and his young family departed from the port of Liverpool. They sailed 2nd class on S.S. ‘Montclare’ of the Canadian Pacific – Captain Webster. They were bound for Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada where they intended to live.
Edward, 39, a Merchant.
They had lived at 4, Penhole Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
On the 17th April 1927, Edward was 39 years old, and a Merchant. He sailed cabin class on S.S. ‘Montnairn’ departing from the Port of Liverpool – arriving at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He was a returning Canadian and gave his address as 19, Langford Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
On the 21st September 1927, Edward and his family arrived at the Port of Southampton. They had travelled 3rd class on board S.S. ‘Marloch’ of the Canadian Pacific , departing from the port of Montreal. They intended to make England their home – and gave their address at Manor House Hotel, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk.
Edward, 40, a Master Mariner.
Probate to Victoria Grace Edmonds – widow.
Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo, Ipswich.