The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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Seventy-five Years Ago

Thinking of my Mum and Dad on the seventy-fifth anniversary of their wedding. The ceremony took place at St. John’s Church, Dormansland, Surrey on 14 November 1942.

Charlie & Bet - Wedding Day

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They Are Remembered

Harry Thomas Smeed was the son of James Smeed and Amy Simmons. He was twenty years old when he died 23 July 1900 at Pretoria, South Africa of enteric fever while serving in the British Army during the Boer War.

Arthur James Tester, the son of Thomas Tester and Elizabeth Scott died on 3 September 1916 at the Somme, France.

J. Lance Smeed, the son of John Smeed and Clarissa Burchett died on 28 September 1918 while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force near Cambrai, France.

Arthur James Tester

Grave of J. Lance Smeed

 


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Audrey Madelaine Smeed (1888 – 1970)

Audrey Madelaine Smeed was born in East Grinstead, Sussex on 23 June 1888 and died in Dormansland, Surrey on 27 October 1970. She was the eldest of the seven children of Charles Smeed 2 and Ann Maria Burt.

The 1891 census shows Audrey living with her parents at Blackwell Farm, East Grinstead. In 1901 the family had grown and Audrey lived in Burstow, Surrey with her parents, one of her brothers and two sisters. By 1911 the family of parents and all seven children lived at Newchapel, Surrey where Charles was a gamekeeper.

After Charles retired he and his wife lived at Orchard Cottage, Dormansland, Surrey. As the only daughter who never married, Audrey lived most of her life with her parents. After their deaths in the early 1940s Audrey remained at Orchard Cottage on her own. She was later joined there by her brother, Percy. Their sister, Doris, also resided with them from time to time.

Percy died in 1969 and Audrey passed away on 27 October 1970 at the age of eighty-two.


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Anita Zehbe Smeed

Anita Eva Margot Zehbe (1927 – 2017) was born 23 August 1927 in Berlin, Germany. She was the daughter of Berthold Paul Zehbe and Martha Anna Elisabeth Broy.

Anita married Arthur Charles Smeed on 24 July 1951 in Dormansland, Surrey, England.

Anita and Arthur had two sons, Alan and Michael, three grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. Arthur died in 2001 a few months before their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Although Anita was in failing health recently, she rallied to celebrate her 90th birthday in late August. Aunt Anita passed away late Sunday, 17 September 2017.

Anita Zehbe Smeed

 


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Alice Maud Stone Meadmore

Alice Maud Stone (1899 – 1943), the daughter of Pharoah Stone and Emily Frances Burt was born October 28, 1899 in Lingfield, Surrey. Alice married Joseph Lewis Meadmore in Dormansland, Surrey on 29 November 1930.

In the late afternoon of 9 July 1943, a lone German bomber returning to the coast after a raid on London dropped several bombs on the town of East Grinstead, Sussex. The bombs killed 108 people, many of them children who were watching a matinee at the Whitehall Cinema. At least 235 people were injured.

Alice was among the fatalities in one of the shops that was destroyed. She was buried in Dormansland and is commemorated on a plaque in St. John’s Church, Dormansland.

Alice Maud Stone Meadmore