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EDGOOSE,  Walter Leeder

EDGOOSE, Walter Leeder

Male 1871 - 1957  (86 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Walter Leeder  [1
    Born 2 Sep 1871  Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 368 
    _UID 1A9CA20E49D640E9A9996340DA20116B0903 
    Died 28 Oct 1957  Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I368  Edgoose
    Last Modified 20 May 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, James,   b. 2 Apr 1847, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1892, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother LEEDER, Julia Hannah,   b. 24 Aug 1850, Acle, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1946, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1870  Acle, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F255  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MILES, Naomi,   b. 28 Jul 1873, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1970, Basingstoke, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1897  Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, Edith Naomi,   b. 4 Dec 1898, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1993, Frimley, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, Burt Walter,   b. 25 May 1901, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1989, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. EDGOOSE, Frank Arthur,   b. 13 Jun 1904, Aldershot, Hampshire, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1993, Sandown, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. EDGOOSE, Winifred Maude Julia,   b. 26 Jul 1906, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1994, Frimley, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. EDGOOSE, Raymond Thomas James,   b. 3 Feb 1909, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 2005, Godalming, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Burt Walter Edgoose (1901-1989)
    Burt Walter Edgoose (1901-1989)
    The Four Generations in 1931:
    Walter Leeder Edgoose (1871-1957)
    Burt Walter Edgoose (1901-1989)
    Julia Hannah Leeder (1850-1946), widow of James Edgoose (1847-1892), holding baby Stanton John Edgoose
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    From small beginnings:
    Walter Leeder Edgoose (1871-1957) in the middle of his first employees. Probably circa 1893.
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    The Timber Firm 267.jpg
    In 1938 the Government of British Columbia, Canada, invited representatives of the UK timber trade to tour the provinces's sawmilling industry. Walter Leeder Edgoose (18971-1957) who in 1892 had started trading in timber and joinery in his adopted home town of Aldershot, who in 1933 took over the former premises at Godalming Wharf, Surrey, of timber merchants Gridley & Spring, and who was to incorporate his company in 1939, was chosen as one of the UK timber trade representatives of the smaller business. This photograph was taken on Vancouver Island in August 1938. Walter Leeder Edgoose appears towards the centre of the front row, kneeling behind his white hat.
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    The Aldershot staff of W.L. Edgoose & Sons during the First World War.
    The youngest son and youngest daughter of the firm's founder somehow sneaked into the front row without being noticed!
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    The Timber Firm197.jpg
    This photograph of the combined workforce of the Aldershot and Godalming timber yards was taken at Godalming in Surrey on 14 July 1934. In 1933, following the demise of Gridley and Spring, the manager of the Midland Bank in Aldershot, Hamshire, invited Walter Leeder Edgoose to take over the lease of the premises from the Godalming Navigation. It would be many years before the grandson of the founder purchased the freehold of the timber yard and later sold it for the construction of Sainsbury's supermarket.
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    The Buick
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    The Buick
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    A postcard with no decypherable date but early George VI stamp addressed to Mrs. J. H. Edgoose, Joy Croft, York Rd, Aldershot:
    "Dear Mother We are having a grand time the weather has been perfect but it has started raining this afternoon I gained 3lb [illegible] in a week Love from Walter"
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    Wedding Day, 21 May 1934:
    Raymond Thomas James Edgoose married 20 year old Brenda May Turner at Farnborough Parish Church in Hampshire on 21 May 1934.
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    A postcard from Herbert Harry Edgoose 1884-1944:
    "To Mr W L Edgoose & Family With best Wishes for a Merry Xmas & Happy 1920 Yrs v Sincerely Herbt H. Edgoose, "Risegate", Blackburn, Victoria, Australia n12 November 1919.
    Coronation Float 1937
    Coronation Float 1937
    W.L. EDGOOSE & SONS Float for the 1937 Coronation Parade.
    From the left:
    Seated: Possibly Dan JOHNS; ? MONGER; ALF BRIDGESWATER.
    Standing: Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE holding his 3 year old daughter Shirley Elizabeth; Founder Walter Leeder EDGOOSE; Senior driver Jack PEARL.

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    The gravestone of Walter Leeder Edgoose (1871-1957) in Aldershot Cemetery in Hampshire.

    Letters (Family + Friend)
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    A postcard from Walter Leeder Edgoose to his mother Mrs J. H. Edgoose, Beechcroft, York Road, Aldershot.
    "Dear Mother Just to let you know we are allright and hope you are the same. The children are very good bring them back on Monday Love Walter"
    Franked Eastbourne Sussex 23 April 1938. Whose children?
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    Edgoose HerbertHarry 463 003.jpg

  • Notes 

      Walter Leeder EDGOOSE was born on 2 September 1871 at 285 Lynn Road, Walsoken, Norfolk, son of James and Juliah Hannah EDGOOSE. The date of birth on his birth certificate is 22 September. According to Burt EDGOOSE, Julia Hannah EDGOOSE said he was born on 2 September and she ought to know!
      (GRO December Q 1871 [LEEDER] Wisbech 03B 608)
      James EDGOOSE had married Julia Hannah LEEDER at Acle, Norfolk, on 4 October 1870.

      He was baptised at Walsoken on 22 September 1872.

      In 1881 James and Julia were living in the Lynn Road, Walsoken, Norfolk:
      James EDGOOSE, head, aged 34, gardener, born at West Walton, Norfolk;
      Julia EDGOOSE, wife, aged 30, born at Acle, Norfolk;
      *Walter L. EDGOOSE, son, aged 9, scholar, born at Walsoken;
      Julia M. EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 3, born at Walsoken.

      In 1884 Walsoken Sunday School presented him with a book entitled 'Brave John Norse'.

      He was apprenticed to Thomas GRIMMER of West Walton, a builder and wheelwright, from 2 September 1885 until 2 September 1890. The apprenticeship indenture is in the possession of his grandson Stanton John EDGOOSE.

      In February 1887 he was given a book entitled 'Three People' by "Pansy" with P. H. PECKOVER's kind regards "as an encouragement to persevere in upholding the good cause of Total Abstinence by example and influence". From the book plate it appears that he signed the pledge on 5 March 1880.

      The 1891 census returns for West Walton, Norfolk, list him as a 19 year old wheelwright and carpenter, born at Walsoken, Norfolk, and boarding at the house of Robert GATHERGOOD, 72 year old farmer and publican.

      His grandfather Richard LEEDER left him his "gold watch and chain with the appendages and my two books entitled 'The Land of the Pharaohs' and 'Those Holy Fields' " in his will dated 9 December 1891. These two books, which have expensively produced bookplates, are now in the possession of his great grandson Jeremy Lester EDGOOSE.

      Walter L. EDGOOSE was present at 16 Canal Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when his father James EDGOOSE died there on 12 March 1892.

      He moved to Aldershot, Hampshire, in 1892 and in 1893 founded the business which was eventually to become W.L. Edgoose & Sons Ltd..

      He married Naomi MILES of Edward Street, Aldershot, at Aldershot Presbyterian Church on 14 July 1897. He was living at Burleigh, Perowne Street, Aldershot, and was described as a builder. Witnesses were Frank Edwin MILES and Maud E. MILES, brother and sister of the bride. (A tiny 'with compliments' card printed in silver, addressed to his sister Miss J. M. EDGOOSE, and dated 14 July 1897, bore the address "Burleigh", Perowne Street, Aldershot).
      (GRO September Q 1897 Farnham 2a 246)

      His daughter Edith Naomi EDGOOSE was born at 57 Perowne Street, Aldershot, on 4 December 1898. She died in 1993.

      He is not listed in the 1895 Kelly's Directory, but in 1898 and 1899 he is listed as a builder at Perowne Street, Aldershot. Numerous building control plans deposited at Hampshire Record Office provide evidence of his work as a builder:
      4 December 1895, Cottage in Perowne Street, Aldershot (23M74/BP1162);
      5 February 1896, Cottage in Perowne Street, Aldershot (23M74/BP1178);
      1 July 1986, 4 Houses in Lysons Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP1223);
      7 May 1902, Proposed houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP1704);
      18 March 1903, Proposed houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/1784);
      16 September 1903, Proposed houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP1838);
      15 November 1905, Proposed amended fronts to 2 houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP2021);
      18 April 1906, Proposed houses, York Crescent, Aldershot (23M74/BP2042);
      16 May 1906, Proposed houses, York Crescent, Aldershot (23M74/BP2048);
      20 June 1906, Proposed amended fronts to houses in York Crescent, Aldershot (23M74/BP2050);
      20 February 1907, Proposed three pairs of houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP2104);
      20 February 1907, Proposed three pairs of houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP2108);
      21 August 1907, Proposed new house, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot (23M74/BP2143);
      20 November 1907, Proposed motor shed, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot (23M74/BP2161);
      1 April 1908, Amended plan of two pairs of houses, York Road, Aldershot (23M74/BP2176);
      19 August 1908, Proposed house, York House (sic), West End, Aldershot (23M74/BP2195);
      7 April 1909, Proposed stabling at York Crescent, Aldershot (23M74/BP2224);
      1 May 1912, Alterations to shop front, Grosvenor Road, Aldershot, for Messrs. Geo. Potter & Co. (23M74/BP2836);
      5 August 1914, Proposed motor shed at St. Catherine's, Northbrook Road, Aldershot, for owner Mr. Charles Harland (23M74/BP2495)
      (Hampshire County Council

      The 1901 census of 57 Perowne Street, Aldershot, Hampshire:
      *Walter L. EDGOOSE, head, 29, builder, born at Walsoken, Norfolk;
      Naomi EDGOOSE, wife, aged 26, born at Aldershot;
      Edith N. EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 2, born at Aldershot.

      His son Burt Walter EDGOOSE was born at 57 Perowne Street, Aldershot, on 25 May 1901. He died in 1989.

      EDGOOSE, Walter L., builder, Perowne Street (Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Aldershot Commercial 1903).

      His son Frank Arthur EDGOOSE was born at Church Lane, Aldershot, on 13 June 1904. He died in 1993.

      His daughter Winifred Maude Julia EDGOOSE was born at Beechcroft, York Road, Aldershot, on 26 July 1906. She died in 1994.

      His son Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE was born at 12 York Crescent, Aldershot, on 3 February 1909. He died in 2005.

      The 1911 census of Albion Works, Church Lane, Aldershot, Hampshire:
      *Walter Leeder EDGOOSE, head, aged 39, builder and joinery manufacturer, born at Walsoken, Norfolk;
      Naomi Edgoose, wife, married 13 years, aged 37, born at Aldershot;
      Edith Naomi EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 12, at school, born at Aldershot;
      Burt Walter EDGOOSE, son, aged 9, born at Aldershot;
      Frank Arthur EDGOOSE, son, aged 6, born at Aldershot;
      Winifred Maud Julia EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 4, born at Aldershot;
      Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE, son, aged 2, born at Aldershot.

      Kelly's Directory of Hampshire 1911 lists Walter L. EDGOOSE, builder, at Church Lane, Aldershot.

      EDGOOSE, Walter L., builder, Church Lane.
      (Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Aldershot Commercial, 1911, 1915)

      For some time during the Great War his office staff at Church Lane consisted of just one person, a Miss Ciss HARLEY (1889-1985). When she left in 1918 to return to Coventry she was presented with a "Fitted Handbag" as well a book autographed by all her colleagues and some family members. The book survives to this day. In other words, a presumably complete list of employees has survived, as well as verse written by Raymond EDGOOSE, Winifred EDGOOSE and Frank EDGOOSE, the good wishes of Julia Hannah EDGOOSE, and a coloured drawing by Edith EDGOOSE.

      EDGOOSE, W. L., Builder's Yard, Church Lane (West). (Drew's Aldershot & Farnborough Directory 1920)

      EDGOOSE, Walter Leeder, Dungannon, Highfield Avenue (Private Residents) and EDGOOSE, Walter L., timber merchant, Church Lane (TN 55).
      (Commercial) (Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Aldershot, 1920)

      EDGOOSE, W. L., Dungannon, Highfield Avenue; EDGOOSE, W.L., Albion Works, Church Lane (East); and a full page advertisement.
      (Drew's Aldershot & Farnborough Directory 1924)

      EDGOOSE, Walter Leeder, Dungannon, Highfield Avenue (Private Residents) and EDGOOSE, Walt. L., timber mer. Albion Works, Church la. (TN 55) & Halimote rd (Commercial) (Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Aldershot, 1927, 1935)

      He and his wife Naomi witnessed the marriage of their son Frank Arthur EDGOOSE to Dorothy Alice ENSOR at the Congregational Church, Springfield Road, Horsham, Sussex, on 8 December 1927.

      The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette dated 31 August 1929 lists visitors to Bath, amongst which were a Mr. and Mrs. EDGOOSE of Aldershot staying at Pratt's Hotel.
      (Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, Saturday 31 August 1929)

      EDGOOSE, W.L., Dungannon, Highfield avenue.
      (Drew's Aldershot & Farnborough Directory 1932, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938)
      EDGOOSE, W. L., Albion Works, Church Lane East. Timber Yard, Halimote Road.
      (Drew's Aldershot & Farnborough Directory 1935)

      According to his passport dated 19 July 1931 he was five feet six and a half inches tall, had brown eyes and brown-grey hair.

      Aldershot News July 1937:
      Contributed bt the First Editor
      Two weddings in one day, and practically at the same hour, are unusual in Aldershot. But even the unusual happened on Wednesday when Miss Edith Woods was married to Mr. E. W. Jones, and Miss Naomi MILES, eldest daughter of Mr. T. MILES, a member of the Council, to Mr. W. L. EDGOOSE.
      (Mr. and Mrs. W. L. EDGOOSE still live in Aldershot, at Highfield-avenue, Mr. EDGOOSE being head of an important timber firm. - Ed.)"

      For a generation or more the local nautical jokes concerning Badshot Lea "Docks" and Cove "Harbour" have been enjoyed but in view of recent local commercial enterprise and development, the "Port" of Aldershot may in future become an established fact. The direct importation of timber into Aldershot by way of the Thames and the Basingstoke Canal was tried as an experiment by Mr. W. L. EDGOOSE, of the Albion Works, Church-lane, and proved to be so successful, both in point of time-saving and economy in transport, that he has been led to repeat the experiment. This week two barge-loads of timber came up the canal from from the Thames, consigned to Mr. EDGOOSE, and were unloaded at Wharf Bridge, Farnborough-road. This enterprising effort to develop a local industry deserves every credit, and may be the means of encouraging other business firms to consider similar means of transport now that railway rates are soaring and delays on the rail are far from uncommon."
      (Cutting in family archive: Aldershot News, Friday 19 March 1920)

      In August 1938 he sailed from Southampton on the Empress of Australia bound for Quebec, Canada, as part of the United Kingdom Timber Delegation, arriving on 19 August.
      (Source: Passenger List and Passport)
      While in Canada he was for a time the guest of the Government of British Columbia. He also travelled widely in Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
      (Source: draft obituary)

      He arrived back at Southampton from Montreal, Quebec, on 15 September 1938 on the Canadian Pacific Line's 'Empress of Britain'.
      (UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878-1960)

      The 1939 Register of Dungannon, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot, M.B., Hampshire:
      *Walter L. EDGOOSE, born 2 September 1871, married, director of Ltd. Coy. timber merchants
      Naomi EDGOOSE, born 28 July 1873, married, unpaid domestic duties
      Edith N. EDGOOSE, born 4 December 1898, single, secretary & director of Limited Coy, civil nursing reserve Aldershot, Farnboro detachment, Hampshire
      Winifred M. J. HOSKING, born 26 July 1906, married, unpaid domestic duties
      (RG101/2314E/008/6 EDAL)

      Aldershot News 29 October 1943:
      A well-known Aldershot resident, Mr. W. L. EDGOOSE, of "Dungannon," Highfield-avenue, was attacked and injured on the Five Arch Bridge, while on his way home on Saturday night. Crossing the bridge about ten o'clock he turned on hearing footsteps, saw two soldiers, and was immediately struck a heavy blow on the head with, it is believed, a bottle. Despite his age and his injury Mr. EDGOOSE struck out at the men with his walking stick, and received another blow, this time on the wrist. The assailants failed in their effort to knock the stick from his hand, and seeing that their victim was capable of defending himself they ran away. They were chased, but got away in the darkness. Other people came to the assistance of Mr. EDGOOSE, who, with blood streaming down his face, was taken to the Aldershot Hospital. After treatment, and having his injuries seen to, he was able to return home where he is making a good recovery".

      Aldershot News 1947:
      THE NEWS A replica of her wedding bouquet of fifty years ago was presented as a surprise to Mrs. W. L. EDGOOSE during a family dinner at Darracott's Restaurant on Monday, when Mr. and Mrs. W. L. EDGOOSE, who live at "Dungannon," Highfield-avenue, Aldershot, celebrated their golden wedding. They were married at the Aldershot Presbyterian Church on July 14th, 1897. Three bridesmaids of fifty years ago were present at the dinner.
      THE BACKGROUND Mrs. EDGOOSE is an Aldershot woman, the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas MILES, who were in business in Queen's-road for many years. Her husband came to Aldershot from Walsoken, Norfolk, in 1892, and opened a small business in Lime-street the following year. His present business as a timber merchant was opened in Church-lane in 1901. Both enjoy good health and their family consists of three sons and two daughters. Their eleven grandchildren were all present at the family gathering on Monday.
      The three bridesmaids of fifty years ago, all living in Aldershot, are the bride's two sisters, Mrs. BILLINGS and Mrs. MORDANT, with Miss J. M. EDGOOSE, sister of Mr. EDGOOSE.
      The toast of the bride and bridegroom of 50 years ago was proposed in happy terms by 16 years old John EDGOOSE, the eldest grandson, to which both Mr. and Mrs. EDGOOSE responded. A handsome gold salver, engraved with the names of the sons, daughters and grandchildren, in the form of a tree, was presented on behalf of the family by the eldest grand-daughter, Mary HOSKING.
      Earlier in the day the staff of the firm presented Mr. and Mrs. EDGOOSE with a pair of embossed gold salt cellars and spoons bearing their initials. The relica bouquet of white lilies, roses and other white flowers, was presented to Mrs. EDGOOSE, senior, by Mrs. Burt EDGOOSE.
      Many telegrams and other congratulatory messages were read out during this happy family gathering".

      The text of the toast proposed by John EDGOOSE was as follows:
      "Grandma, Grandad, and all;
      We have met here to celibrate an event which occurred exactly fifty years ago. An event which is for Grandma and Grandad, almost certainly, the most important happening in their lives ---- but, for most of us, it is even more important, because if it had not occurred, WE should not have existed.
      To Grandma and Grandad, as they remember the events of that day fifty years ago, and all that has happened in the years between, we offer our love, our congratulations, and our admiration. We rejoice that they are able to be here so well and strong, and we feel confident, that we shall, with them, celebrate their diamod wedding in ten years time. (I have said this, so that the grand-children can start saving up for diamonds now.)
      At their wedding, just fifty years ago, the happy pair doubtless received - along with the confetti - the good wishes of all present. Those good wishes have undoubtedly brought fifty years of happy and successful married life. Today, we want not only to renew those good wishes, but to thank them for their kindness and love for us in the years between.
      On your behalf, I wish them joy, health and happiness for many many years.
      Everybody, I give you the toast, "The Happy Pair" ."

      He was a staunch supporter of Aldershot Presbyterian Church for sixty years and a member of the Panmure Lodge of Freemasons for over 48 years. He was the senior Past Master of the Lodge. He held the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden (Source: draft obituary). His son Burt Walter EDGOOSE wrote the following in his 'A Short History of Panmure Lodge No. 723, ALDERSHOT' which was published in 1957:
      "W. Bro. Walter Leeder EDGOOSE, P.P.S.G.W.
      W. Bro. EDGOOSE was the chairman of a firm of timber importers, which he founded. He was initiated in 1908 and was Master in 1920. W. Bro. EDGOOSE was Chaplain of the Lodge in 1932 and 1943, and Director of Ceremonies 1928. He was appointed Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 1930 and promoted to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 1951.
      W. Bro. EDGOOSE was the Lodge's representative on the Provincial Charity Committee for twenty-four years and in 1945 was appointed the represntative of the Aldershot Group of Lodges on that committee. He was also the represntative of the Lodge on the Aldershop Group Committee from its inception in 1935 for twenty-one years. He became the Senior Past Master of the Lodge in 1946. W. Bro. EDGOOSE's list for the Festival of the R.M.I. Girls of 150 4s.6d. in 1920 was a record sum for the Lodge of any Institution at that time.
      He was P.Z. of Panmure Chapter and a Past Provincial Principal Sojourner. He was Treasurer of the Chapter for a long period.
      Early in his Masonic career W. Bro. EDGOOSE became attracted to Irish Freemasonry. For forty years he was a member of the Lodge Charity No. 570 in the Irish Constitution. This ancient Lodge (attached to the 5th Dragoon Guards) originated in 1780 and carried its Warrant on active service throughout the Peninsular War. The Lodge lapsed in 1858 and remained dormant until 1863 when it was revived largely through the efforts of Bro. William Dennis LEMMON of Panmure Lodge, who became its Master in that year. The Charter of 1780 is still in the possession of Lodge Charity.
      Since 1863 there has been close fraternal accord between Lodge Charity and Panmure Lodge. On several occasions throughout the years invitations have been received for the Master and brethren of Panmure Lodge to pay a formal visit to Lodge Charity. The last occasion was in October, 1930, when the Lodge was last in Aldershot.
      W. Bro. EDGOOSE was an honourary member of the Leswarree Chapter No. 646 in the Irish Constitution.
      W. Bro. EDGOOSE died in October 1957, a few months after he and Mrs. EDGOOSE had celebrated their diamond wedding. He was the father of the author, whom he both initiated and installed."

      EDGOOSE, W.L., 11 Highfield Avenue (Private Residents); EDGOOSE, W.L. & SONS LTD., Albion Works, Church Lane East, Timber Merchants, Sawing & Planing Mills, and EDGOOSE, W.L. & SONS LTD., Halimote Road, Timber Merchants.
      (Kent Service Ltd., Aldershot Directory 1955-56)

      Daily Telegraph 13 July 1957:
      "EDGOOSE-MILES. - On July 14, 1897, at the Presbyterian Church, Aldershot, by the Rev. Ellis Hewitt, Walter Leeder EDGOOSE to Naomi MILES. Present address: Dungannon, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot".

      From the Aldershot Presbyterian Church Magazine, September 1957:
      "The most outstanding event of the summer months has been a family celebration by MR. and MRS. W.L. EDGOOSE of their Diamond Wedding. It was indeed appropriate that this fell on a Sunday as MR. and MRS. EDGOOSE are such staunch members of their Church, in which they were married sixty years ago and in which MRS. EDGOOSE was baptised as MISS Naomi MILES, daughter of Mr. Thomas MILES by Rev. A.H. ANDERSON. It was a great joy for members to be able through Mrs. C. DEWAR to present MR. and MRS. EDGOOSE with a token of our affection and respect on Sunday July 14th, after the morning service. The presentation of an Edinburgh crystal vase and a Shetland travelling rug was accompanied by an expression through Session Clerk and Minister of our appreciation of the love and devotion MR. and MRS. EDGOOSE have always shown for their Church."

      He died at Dungannon, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot, on 28 October 1957 at the aged of 86.
      (GRO December Q 1957 Aldershot 6b 9)

      Aldershot News 1 November 1957:
      "EDGOOSE. - On Monday, October 28, 1957, at his home, Dungannon, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot, Walter Leeder, aged 86, dearly beloved husband of Naomi EDGOOSE".

      From the Aldershot Presbyterian Church Magazine, December 1957:
      "MR. Walter Leeder EDGOOSE
      MR. W.L. EDGOOSE has been an outstanding figure in Aldershot in the business which he founded, and in the Church to which, with his wife, he gave his faithful and unstinted support. His last action was characteristic of that loyalty, for he was preparing to come to the Church Service with his family when he was taken ill.
      MR. EDGOOSE stood for the highest virtues of family life and affection. MR. and MRS. EDGOOSE were married in the Presbyterian Church, and the sixty years which they spent together were years of true wedded bliss. MR. EDGOOSE leaves behind him able representatives of his family; MR. Burt W. EDGOOSE is an Alderman of the Borough.
      MR. EDGOOSE was an enthusiastic member of the Masonic Order in which he held the honoured post of Senior Past Master of his own Lodge; he had also been a Provincial Grand Master.
      At the Funeral Service, Mr. A.H. STROUD, J.P. was asked by the Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to represent him, and he was there in that capacity along with a large company of Masons, as well as representatives of the Borough and of the Presbyterian Church, who came to support the chief mourners - the members of the family of Mr. W.L. EDGOOSE.
      The only flowers on the coffin were placed there by MRS. EDGOOSE as a personal tribute to her husband, and had been grown by MR. EDGOOSE in his greenhouse for his wife.
      MR. EDGOOSE had travelled widely in connection with his business activities. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and of the Garden Lovers Society. His pursuits were simple ones and his life was characterised by the simplicity which is akin to greatness.
      His presence will be greatly missed in the Home where he was so much loved, at his business where he was so well known, and in the Church of which he was so long a loyal and generous supporter.
      Our deep sympathy goes out to MRS. EDGOOSE and to all the members of her family."

      The Will of Walter Leeder EDGOOSE:
      "I Walter Leeder EDGOOSE of "Dungannon" Highfield Avenue Aldershot in the County of Southampton Timber Merchant HEREBY REVOKE all former wills and testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last will
      1. I APPOINT my wife Naomi EDGOOSE my daughter Edith Naomi EDGOOSE and my son Burt Walter EDGOOSE (hereinafter collectively referred to as "my Trustees) to be the executors and trustees of this my Will
      2. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH all my furniture plate linen books pictures and other household goods both indoor and outdoor in or about my residence at the time of my death and also my motor car unto my Trustees upon trust to allow my wife the said Naomi EDGOOSE to have the use thereof during her life and subject thereto upon trust for my daughter the said Edith Naomi EDGOOSE absolutely and I express the wish that she will offer one article or set of articles to each of my other children as souvenirs PROVIDED nevertheless that neither my said wife nor my Trustees shall be responsible for any loss or damage which may be caused to any of the said articles nor shall it be necessary to make any inventory and I GIVE my masonic regalia to my son the said Burt Walter EDGOOSE absolutely
      3. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the whole of my estate both real and personal not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my Trustees upon trust at their discretion either to retain the same in such state of investment as the same shall be at the date of my death or at their discretion (subject nevertheless to the restrictions on sale hereinafter referred to) from time to time to sell call in or convert into money the same or any part or parts thereof and to invest the proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion in such investments or securities as may seem to my Trustees to be proper whether authorised by law for the investment of trust monies or not with power at their discretion from time to time to vary the investments and to stand possessed of all parts of my estate dealt with by this Clause remaining unsold and the proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion and the investments for the time being representing the same (all of which are hereinafter referred to as "my residuary estate") upon trust to pay the income to arise therefrom unto my wife the said Naomi EDGOOSE during her life provided always that none of the shares or other interests of mine in the Companies known as W.L. Edgoose & Sons Limited and Five Arches Manufacturing Company Limited shall be sold without the consent of my sons Burt Walter EDGOOSE and Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE and my daughter Edith Naomi EDGOOSE nor shall any of the houses land or other real estate devised by this my Will subject to the life interest hereinbefore given to my said wife be sold without the consent of the persons to whom the same are hereinafter devised but if any such houses land or other real estate or shares or other interests of mine in either of the said Companies shall be sold then I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to the persons who would have been entitled to such real estate or shares respectively had the same not been sold a sum equivalent to the net proceeds of sale such amount to be assessed by my Trustees in their uncontrolled discretion
      4. After the death of my said wife the following provisions shall take effect
      5. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH all the shares in W.L. Edgoose & Sons Limited and Five Arches Manufacturing Company Limited to such of the following persons as shall be living at the date of my death namely the said Burt Walter EDGOOSE and Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE and Edith Naomi EDGOOSE in equal shares PROVIDED ALWAYS that if either of them shall predecease me leaving a child or children who shall attain the age of twenty-one years such last mentioned child or children shall take and if more than one equally the share which his her or their parent would have taken under this Clause had such parent survived me
      6. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH my motor car in my possession at the time of my death to my son the said Burt Walter EDGOOSE
      7. I GIVE AND DEVISE:-
      (a) To the said Burt Walter EDGOOSE my premises known as Crescent House York Crescent Aldershot with garage being the one close to the garage mentioned in Sub-Clause (d) of this Clause and Number 285 Lynn Road Wisbech and also a plot of land in Highfield Avenue Aldershot
      (b) To my daughter the said Edith Naomi EDGOOSE my freehold house known as "Dungannon" Highfield Avenue Aldershot
      (c) To my son Frank Arthur EDGOOSE my freehold premises known as Langdale York Crescent Aldershot
      (d) To my said son Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE my freehold premises known as 12 York Crescent Aldershot and garage adjoining
      (e) To my daughter Winifred Maud Julia HOSKING my freehold premises known as "Kingsley" York Road Aldershot subject to her paying an annuity of Six Shillings per week to my sister Miss Julia May EDGOOSE during her life as provided in my Mother's Will PROVIDED that this annuity shall not under the provisions of this my Will constitute a specific charge upon the said house nor upon any part of my estate
      8. SUBJECT as aforesaid I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my estate not hereby otherwise disposed of in equal shares to my sons and daughters who shall survive me PROVIDED ALWAYS that if any of them shall predecease me leaving a child or children who shall attain the age of twenty-one years then such last mentioned child or children shall take and if more than one equally the share of my residuary estate which his her or their parent would have taken had he or she survived me
      9. WITH REGARD to the real property hereinbefore devised I DECLARE that if there shall be due to my estate any compensation in respect of War Damage or loss of development rights in respect of any such property then the amount of such compensation shall be included in the gift of the property
      10. I HEREBY DECLARE that no income (whether the same be received in respect of a period wholly or only partly prior to my death) which shall be actually received after my death shall be apportioned or treated as capital and I hereby negative for the purposes of this my Will the rules of equity known as the rule in Howe v Dartmouth and the rule in Allhusen v Whitten
      IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand to this my Will contained in this and the preceeding four sheets of foolscap paper this twenty second day of August One thousand nine hundred and fifty"
      (signed) W. L. EDGOOSE
      SIGNED by the said Walter Leeder EDGOOSE as and
      for his last Will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the time who at
      his request in his presence and in the presence
      of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
      as witnesses:
      ? M. FOSTER Aldershot Solr.
      Pearl V. McLELLAND His Clerk

      Walter Leeder EDGOOSE of Dungannon, Highfield Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, died on 28 October 1957. Probate was granted at London on 1 January 1958 to Naomi EDGOOSE, widow, Edith Naomi EDGOOSE, spinster, and Burt Walter EDGOOSE, company director. Effects totalled 25,637.8s.6d.
      (National Probate Calendar 1958)

      He was buried in Aldershot Cemetery on 1 November. Monumental Inscription:
      28th OCTOBER 1957
      AGED 86 YEARS

      When he died Mr. and Mrs. MORRIS & Carl of West Walton send a card. The connection is unknown, but see letters in file.

      (revised 15.04.2016)

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      Date of Import: 28 Jan 2002