John, Edward (Ted)
Edward was born in Portsmouth on 6 November 1930. His family later moved to St Ives, Cornwall where they lived until the outbreak of war in 1939, when his father joined the RAF. The children and their mother returned to Portsmouth and then were evacuated to Chichester until the end of the war. Sadly, Edward’s father, a Pilot Officer, died in 1942.
Edward always spoke very fondly of his years at Hurst. Following school, he joined the Army and obtained a commission in the Royal Corps of Signals . He was posted to Singapore and spent a demanding couple of years there, a lot of the time in Malaya, during the communist uprising of the early 1950s. After postings to Devonshire, Germany, Catterick and Singapore again, he arrived in Blandford Forum in 1965 and attained his majority while serving in the Royal Signals Trials Squadron. After retiring from the Army he worked for Redifon, a company specializing in communications equipment, which entailed travelling to the Middle East and Africa. From 1981 – 1985 he took over the office in Singapore.
Edward played hockey for the Regiment during the earlier part of his career. He had long had a great interest in Amateur Radio, obtaining his licence in the late 1950s. After his retirement in 1995, coarse fishing became a great pleasure. With a close and loving family, a greyhound, Bertie and reasonably good health in recent years, he was content with life on the whole. He was delighted to be able to attend the School Reunion last September. His sudden death on 1 March 2004 from coronary artery thrombosis was a tremendous shock and sadness to his wife, family and many friends and relations.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, three children; Jane, Robin and Elizabeth and four granddaughters.