The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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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


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Two January Weddings

Two Weddings on This Day in History

Charles Smeed (1865-1942) and Ann Maria Burt (1866-1943) were married on 12 January 1887 at St. Swithun’s Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Their son, Charles Smeed (1890-1979) and Frances Maud Tester (1893-1965) were married on 12 January 1918 at Horne Parish Church, Newchapel, Surrey.

Charles Smeed and Ann Maria Burt Smeed

Charles Smeed and Ann Maria Burt Smeed

Charles Smeed and Frances Maud Tester Smeed

Charles Smeed and Frances Maud Tester Smeed

 

 


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Arthur Charles Smeed

Arthur Charles Smeed was born on 4 January 1927 in Dormansland, Surrey, England.

He was the son of Charles Smeed and Frances Tester Smeed. He married Anita Zehbe on 24 July 1951 at St. John’s Church, Dormansland. He and Anita had two sons, Alan and Michael.

Arthur died on 18 February 2001.

Thinking of you today, Uncle Arthur.

Arthur Charles Smeed

 


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Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed Knowles

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed was born on 16 August 1921 in Dormansland, Surrey, England. She was the daughter of Charles Smeed 3rd and Frances Tester Smeed. Phyllis married Harold Knowles on 19 July 1941 in Dormansland.

Phyllis came to St. Thomas, Ontario with her two young daughters, Mary and Betty, in 1946 as a war bride. Two sons, Bill and John, were born once Phyllis and Harold were in Canada.

Phyllis died on 15 June 1995 in St. Thomas.

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed

Phyllis Gwendolyn Smeed


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Frances Maud Tester Smeed

Frances Maud Tester was born on 9 August 1893 in Ringmer, Sussex. She was the daughter of Thomas Tester and Elizabeth Scott Tester. She married Charles Smeed 3rd on 12 January 1918. The couple and their children resided in Dormansland, Surrey for many years. Frances died on 10 September 1965.

Thinking of you today, Nanny.

Nanny