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EDGOOSE, Doris Malisande

Female 1908 - 2003  (95 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Doris Malisande 
    Born 26 Mar 1908  Peterborough, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 546 
    _UID 4F8B4528702448629A9481679668CC63C861 
    Died 13 Dec 2003  Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Dec 2003  Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I546  Edgoose
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Frank William Dawson,   b. 28 Feb 1882, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1951, Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother HARWIN, Emma,   b. 15 Aug 1877, Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1957, Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1906  Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F394  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Frank William Dawson Edgoose, his wife Emma, and daughter Doris Malisande
    Frank William Dawson Edgoose, his wife Emma, and daughter Doris Malisande
    FRANK WILLIAM DAWSON EDGOOSE (1882-1951), EMMA EDGOOSE nee HARWIN (1877-1957) and daughter DORIS MALISANDE EDGOOSE (1908-2003)

    Date: AUGUST 1916
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003) in June 1991
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003) in June 1991
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)
    Doris Malisande Edgoose (1908-2003)

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    Edgoose FrankWilliamDawsonEdgoose 544 256.jpg

    He was buried in Quinton Cemetery near Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 24 December 1951.
    His wife Emma (1877-1957) joined him in 1957.
    There daughter Doris Malisande Edgoose (108-2003) was buried in the same gave in 2003. The gravestone was replaced at this time.
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    Edgoose DorisMalisandeEdgoose 546 257.jpg
    Frank William Dawson Edgoose (1882-1951 was buried in Quinton Cemetery near Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 24 December 1951.
    His wife Emma (1877-1957) joined him in 1957.
    There daughter Doris Malisande Edgoose (108-2003) was buried in the same gave in 2003. The gravestone was replaced at this time.

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    Edgoose FrankWilliamEdgoose 544 394.jpg

    The receipt for his daughter Doris Malisande Edgoose's schooling.

  • Notes 

      NOTE: The vast majority of the information on the HARWIN ancestry of Doris Malisande EDGOOSE (1908-2003) has come from ĞuğRhys WHATMORE and his cousin Beryl AnneĞ/uğ.

      Doris Malisande EDGOOSE was born on 26 March 1908 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire, the daughter of Emma and Frank William Dawson EDGOOSE.
      (GRO June Q 1908 [HARWIN] Peterborough 03B 209)
      Frank William Dawson EDGOOSE had married Emma HARWIN at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 16 April 1906.

      (Her mother's eldest sister was housekeeper to a French Lady in London whose first name was Malisande).

      She was baptised according to the rites of the Primitive Methodists at Woodstone in Huntingdonshire on 27 May 1908. Frank and Emma were living at 15 Orchard Street, Woodstone.

      Her parents moved to Logan Street, Nottingham, in 1909 and to Birmingham in 1915. Thereafter she lived at 38 Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, until moving to an old people's home at Digby Manor, 908 Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 0BN on 31 January 1995.

      The 1911 census of 109 Logan Street, Bulwell, Nottinghamshire:
      Frank William Dawson EDGOOSE, head, aged 29, blacksmith in railway wagon works, born at West Walton, Norfolk;
      Emma EDGOOSE, wife, aged 33, married 5 years, 1 child 1 living, born at Walsoken, Norfolk;
      *Doris Malisande EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 3, born at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

      On 10 August 1916, just eight years old, she wrote to her parents from 120 Lloyds Street, Pitsmoore, Sheffield, the home of her Aunt Gertie (Gertrude HARWIN):
      "Dear Mama
      Just a few lines to say I received your letter this morning. I writen to Jily(?) and Mrs. DARBY this morning. Elsie is a funny little girl. I have bought a little doll it cost 1/4.1/2. I went with a little girl in the Gards van, she was going to Chesterfield wher I was going. I have be to the Mappin Art Gallery it was very nice there were Skeletones of different animals. I have been in a park with Auntie and Ivy and Elsie. Have you heard from Miss BIDDULPH if you have will you send them to me in your letters Please I have plenty of frocks to last me I have not bought any more coconut oil. Auntie wash my head last night while I was in the bath and so did Ivy that's the little girl who came. I don't think I shall have enough money for my stokings. I hope you all are well with love from your loving Daughter Doris xxxxxxxxxxxx for Dada and you." (Note: Ivy was or became Ivy TILLOTSON).

      She left Cherrywood Road Senior Mixed Council School in Birmingham on 22 July 1921. Her attendance and conduct were described as excellent and her final report read: "DORIS is a keen pupil & works well in all subjects. She is obedient, most persevering, and absolutely trustworthy. Her manner is quiet & refined". From 1921 until 1923 she attended the Aston Commercial School, for which her father paid 15 shillings per term. Her reports show that arithmetic was her weakest subject, yet she excelled in commerce, bookkeeping and accounts, shorthand, typing, and domestic training.

      In 1919 she was awarded a second class certificate of merit by the Birmingham & Midlands Band of Hope Union. At that time she was a member of the Saltley Baptist Band of Hope, a temperance organisation for working-class children. She took annual examinations in 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937. In 1936 she was publicity secretary of the East Birmingham Band of Hope Union. The Official Programme for the annual demonstration and fete held on Saturday 11 July 1936 contained "Quotations from our Friends", amongst which was one from Doris:
      "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
      If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Cor. 3 v.16, 17)
      The same Union's Speakers' Plan for September to December 1940 shows that the publicity secretary was Miss D. EDGOOSE of 38 Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green and that she was a member of the Demonstration and "Poster Campaign" committees. She was also secretary of the Crown, 20 Crawford Street, Temperance Circle.

      Throughout her life she seems to have put the needs of others first. In 1930 she attended the St. John Ambulance Association's course on "First Aid for the Injured" and was re-examined a year later. Collector's Authorisation Cards show that she took part in the street collection for the British Empire Cancer Campaign on 24 May 1934 and for the Royal Cripples Hospital on 9 June 1934. She attended a British Red Cross Society first aid course in 1943, a home nursing course in 1944, and an infant and child welfare course in 1945.

      A surviving membership card dated 1932 shows that she was a member of the Marlborough Road Brotherhood & Sisterhood Social and Recreation Club whose ground was at Yardley Road, Little Bromwich.

      "COMPANION-HELP Required for Country Home in Cambridgeshire. Small Remuneration. - EDGOOSE, 38, Whitacre-road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham."
      (Northampton Mercury, 22 July 1938. Surname capitalised)

      From the 1939 Register of 38 Whitacre Road, Birmingham C.B., Warwickshire:
      Frank EDGOOSE, born 28 February 1882, married, blacksmith drop forging
      Emma EDGOOSE, born 22 August 1879, married, unpaid domestic duties
      *Doris EDGOOSE, born 26 March 1908, single, cashier and wages clerk

      In August 2001 Wisbech Rotary Club and the staff of her residential home arranged for her to fly in a private plane to Wisbech to meet her cousins. A report and photograph appeared in the Evening Mail on 31 August 2001.

      She was still living at Digby Manor in 2002 (Electoral Roll).

      She died at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, on 13 December 2003, a few days after an operation to remove her gangrenous second leg. One leg had been removed some years earlier. She was 95 years old. The funeral was held on 29 December at the Emmanuel Free Church of England in Alum Rock. The service was taken by Bishop Kenneth Powell. The little church was almost full and the Bishop gave a long address about Doris. Afterwards there was a short service at Woodlands Crematorium at Chelmsley Wood. Rhys WHATMORE wrote on 6 January 2004 that Doris had a strong religious faith and he didn't think the thought of dying troubled her.

      According to her death certificate she was a 95 year old retired accounts clerk of Moundsley Hall Nursing Home, Walkers Heath Road, Birmingham 38. The informant was Anthony Villiers BLAKEMORE of Somerset House, 37 Temple Street, Birmingham 2.
      (GRO December 2003 Birmingham 061/11 I24B 57)

      She was buried in Quinton Cemetery, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 29 December 2003.

      Rhys WHATMORE wrote that "she always put others first, and stayed at home to look after her parents when they became elderly".
      He wrote later: "DORIS was a good and generous friend to me all my life and I shall miss her very much. She was my godmother as well as being my first cousin once removed. She had a large group of friends - some of them dating back to school days. She always put others first and rarely complained about anything".

      Before she died, she and Rhys WHATMORE agreed that Michael James EDGOOSE was to have all her personal papers after her death. Without such papers it would have been very difficult to write the above.

      A letter from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE dated 30 August 1967:
      "38, Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham 9,
      I was very pleased to receive your letter and I apologise for being so long in replying.
      First of all, I am sorry to have to tell you that Mrs Bertha Curtis passed away on Sunday, August 20th after being in hospital for a few days. She will be greatly missed.
      As far as information regarding the Edgoose family is concerned, I'm afraid I cannot help you very much. My Aunt Bertha knew much more about the family than I did, and I think she has passed this on to you.
      The only information I can give you relate to my Father and Mother and is as follows:-
      Frank William Dawson Edgoose born 1882 died 1951.
      married in 1906 to
      Emma Harwin born 1877 died 1957.
      I am their only child and my full christian is Doris Malisande and I was born in 1908.
      I shall be very interested to knw what the relationship is between us and if you are in or around Birmingham anytime, I shall be pleased to meet you.
      Your sincerely,
      Doris Edgoose."

      A letter from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE dated 16 November 1967:
      "38, Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham 9,
      Dear Mr. Edgoose,
      It was very kind of you to send a copy of the "family tree" and I sincerely apologise for not repkying to both of your letters before now. The reasdon is mainly due to pressure of work at the office and during the past few weeks have been much later in getting home. Consequently, I'm sorry to say correspondence has been sadly neglected. I hope you will understand and accept my apologies.
      I found the family tree most interesting, but the only part of the family which I knew was my grandparents, Stanto and Margaret Edgoose, and their family.
      I believe my Uncle Stanton Edgoose who was killed in the first world war was married, but I'm afraid I have no idea where he lived.
      My grandmother's maiden name was Dawson, but I assume that you are only interested in the male line of the family. I would like to mention though, that MabelEdgoose married Georg Reid and had a son named Athol who lived at Sidcup. Athol was born in April, 1908, but as the name was changed, the information is not of much help to you.
      I noticed that the names of Stanton John have been kept in the family until quite a recent date.
      I am not expecting to go to Wisbech again until the Spring, but I will see if I can obtain any further information.
      The plane crash of a week or two ago, must have been a shock to the inhabitants of Fernhurst, which I understand is one of Britain's beauty spots.
      I'm very sorry not to be able to help you more.
      Again many thanks for the "family tree",
      Yours sincerely,
      Doris Edgoose"

      A letter from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE undated but judging by its contents it was written in February 1969:
      "38 Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, 9,
      Dear June and Michael,
      I was very pleased to receive your letter at the beginning of January, and I'm sincerely sorry I have been so long in replying. So far this year, we have been exceptionally busy at the office and I have been staying over for an hour or so two or three evenings a week, so that by the time I have got home, had a meal and done one or two chores, the evening has gone. Anyway, it was very good to hear from you.
      I have got a large photograph of the one you sent and I came across this when turning out a large tin trunk. I was very pleased to hear that you had a reply from Jack Burton, and I expect you realise that he is my cousin. Jack had a twin brother Arthur and their mother (Kate Burton, nee Edgoose) is the lady sitting in the deck-chair. Aunt Bertha is next to her, grandad and grandma Edgoose, Miss Pogson, a friend of the family, and in the front is Athol, a cousin, who eventually went to live at Sidcup. Athol's father George Reid is the gentleman between my Father and Jack.
      Is Jack still an organist! Has Jeremy transfered his affection to the pedal car yet! Preferring one particular toy, is sometimes, just a phase with children, but as this particular one does seem to be dangerous, I hope you have been able to dispose of it elsewhere. Is Patience settling down better in the evenings! She is nearly eight months old and I expect I should see a great difference, as she will have grown quite a lot since last August.
      I'm sorry you have not heard from Uncle Stanton's family, but may be Michael, that they have not very much information to pass on to you.
      I went to Wisbech at the end of August, and although I I sent copies of the photographs I took of the children, I have not heard from them since, except for a Christmas card. with which Lilian sent a picture of Andrew and Tracy.
      Thank you for your invitation, may I suggest a provisional date, April 26th, and if Spring is delayed, which I think may happen, as we are having such cold weather, then perhaps I could make it in early May.
      I hope you are keeping well, also Jeremy and Patience.
      I'm afraid I have had two or three attempts to finish this letter, which I regret to say is my usual way of writing in these days.
      Best wishes and love to you all, Doris."

      Extracts from a letter written by Doris Malisande EDGOOSE on 12 January 1981:
      "38, Whitacre Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, B9 5NL
      Dear June, Michael, Jeremy & Patience,
      Thank you very much for your Christmas card and for returning the photograph, which I had forgotten at least, until the beginning of December. My cousin's son and a friend called on their way from Aberystwyth back to London and during our conversation the subject of genealogy came up and I showed Rhys our "Family Tree". Are you still interested in Genealogy, Michael!
      I have been retired 10.1/2 years now, so I am getting very elderly, I am very well in myself, but have arthritis in my knees, so I do not walk too well, still fortunately, I can get around without any aid.
      A few years ago, I thought I would like to move, but as this did not materialise I expect to stay on here. I regret to say that the area has deteriotated (sic) over the years, but as "38" has been my home for over sixty years, I think I would find a change difficult to cope with.
      Jeremy and Patience are growing up, how are they getting on at school! The years pass all too quickly, I cannot remember exactly how old Jeremy was when I last saw him, about three I should think, Patience was a chubby year old.
      ......... I do appreciate that you have kept in touch with me for so long. My best wishes to you for 1981 and every success with your latest project.
      With love, Doris"

      A letter from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE dated 1st January 1945 (sic) but probably written at the beginning of 1994:
      "Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Woodlands, Ward 11, Bristol Road South, Birmingham B31 2AP.
      Dear Michael,
      Thank you for your Christmas card which I was very pleased to receive, as I had failed to put your new address in my book, and would have liked to tell you why I had not written earlier in the year.
      First of all Michael, I hope you are keeping well and have had an enjoyable Christmas.

      A card from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE dated 17 December 1996:
      "Digby Manor, Birmingham
      Dear Ainun & Michael,
      Just to thank you for the card and also the one received last year. I hope both of you are well and happy.
      As you can see I have difficulty in writing, due I think to arthritis affecting the nerves in my hands. This came on very suddenly a few weeks ago.
      No doubt you will be shocked to know that owing to my left leg becoming ulcerated I had an operation on July 30th for the leg to be amputated. So spend most of the day either in my armchair or wheelchair
      I'm sorry the news all not very cheery ones I would like to hear from you, All for now, Love, Doris"

      A card from Doris Malisande EDGOOSE dated 31 March 1998:
      "Digby Manor, 908 Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 0BN.
      Dear Ainun & Michael,
      It was a lovely surprise to receive a floral arrangement from you on my birthday. The arrangement is still very fresh as it was in a "roster bag", so I'm hoping that it will keep for a long time. Thank you very much for your kind thoughts and good wishes.
      Two of my friends who I have known for a very long time planned to give me a surprise party in the house next door which is now part of Digby Manor. It was not until about 3.30. when Janet the proprietor, came to take me to the house, that I realised something was happening and when Janet opened the lounge door and I saw all the people there, it was really overwhelming. I don't think I shall ever forget my 90th Birthday as it was such a wonderful day.
      After saying so much about myself, how are both of you! I hope you are keeping well.
      I am so glad that it is Spring, it is grand to see the trees in leaf again and all the Spring flowers, I would very much like to hear from you Michael. Many thanks again,
      With love to both of you,

      Probate of her will was granted on 10 March 2004.

      (revised 07.12.2017)