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EDGOOSE, Stanley Robert

EDGOOSE, Stanley Robert

Male 1915 - 2003  (88 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Stanley Robert 
    Born 3 Mar 1915  Sutton St. James, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 2003  March, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 Oct 2003  Peterborough, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I574  Edgoose
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Halbert,   b. 22 Mar 1891, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1976, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother SHARP, Mary,   b. 6 Jan 1889, Emneth, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1942, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1913  Emneth, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 BAKER, Dorothy,   b. 3 Jun 1912, March, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1966, March, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1938  March Registration District, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, R.W.
     2. EDGOOSE, S.M.
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 O'DONOGHUE, Katherine (Kay),   b. 5 Sep 1922, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 2006, Fenland Registration District, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1969  March, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F421  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    HALBERT EDGOOSE (1891-1976) and MARY EDGOOSE nee SHARP (1889-1942)

    Date: 1915

    With their first-born son Stanley Robert Edgoose (1915-2003).
    Compare Halbert's cap badge with the 1914 photograph of him in military uniform.
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    HALBERT EDGOOSE (1891-1976) and MARY EDGOOSE nee SHARP (1889-1942) and sons

    Date: 1921

    Stanley Robert (1915-2003)

    Graham Thomas (1920-2001)

    and Robert Lynn (1922-1943)
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    Edgoose StanleyRobert Edgoose 574 621.jpg

    Date: 1920s

    Stanley Robert Edgoose (1915-2003) as a boy scout. He is in the middle row, second from the left.
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    Edgoose StanleyRobertEdgoose 574 801.jpg

    Date: 1945-1946

    Corporal Stanley Robert Edgoose No. 20928530 in the uniform of the 287 Field Company Royal Engineers at the end of the Second World War.
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    STANLEY ROBERT EDGOOSE (1916-2003) and DOROTHY EDGOOSE nee BAKER (1912-1966)

    Date: 11 June 1938

    At March Parish Church in Cambridgeshire on their wedding day, 11 June 1938.

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    STANLEY ROBERT EDGOOSE (1915-2003) and DOROTHY EDGOOSE nee BAKER (1912-1966)

    Date: 11 JUNE 1938

    Raymond Edgoose; Halbert Edgoose; Graham Edgoose; Halbert's wife Mary; 4 members of the Baker or Sharp family. Seated: Elizabeth Webb nee Edgoose? Or perhaps Grandma Sharp? Bride and Groom; bridesmaid n/k; old lady n/k.
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    Edgoose StanleyRobertEdgoose 574 806.jpg

    Dated: 1919-1922

    Stanley Robert Edgoose is in the middle of the front row holding the slate which reads "Emneth Infants Cl. 2." The photograph is believed to be dated between 1919 and 1922.
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    Edgoose StanleyRobertEdgoose 574 808.jpg

    Date: UNKNOWN

    Stanley Robert Edgoose growing flowers in his garden.
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    STANLEY ROBERT EDGOOSE (1915-2003) and KAY O'DONOGHUE (1922-2006)

    Date: 11 NOVEMBER 1969

    He married Katherine, widow of Thomas Wolstenholme who died in 1966, at March, Cambridgeshire, on 11 November 1969.

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    Greetings Telegram from Sir Isidore & Lady Kate Salmon on the day of his marriage to Dorothy Baker. Rose Pratt was a Lady's Maid to Lady Kate Salmon, wife of Sir Isidore Salmon (1876-1941), Chairman and Managing Director of Lyons & Co. Ltd.. The address in 1939 was Basement, 51 Mount Street, City of Westminster.

  • Notes 

      Stanley Robert EDGOOSE was born at Sutton St. James, Lincolnshire, on 3 March 1915, son of Halbert and Mary EDGOOSE.
      (GRO June Q 1915 Holbeach 7a 708)
      Halbert EDGOOSE had married Mary SHARP at Emneth on 18 June 1913.

      His first job was at Wisbech Post Office with Ronald William EDGOOSE (q.v.).
      (See Letter from Halbert EDGOOSE 10 August 1968)

      According to the London Gazette he was appointed sorting clerk and telegraphist for Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in January 1932.
      (London Gazette Issue 33788 08.01.1932 page 17)

      He married Dorothy BAKER at March Parish Church, Cambridgeshire, on 1 June 1938. He was described as a 23 year old bachelor and post office official living at Hollowend, Emneth, son of Halbert EDGOOSE, postmaster. His bride was a 25 year old spinster from Wimblington Road, March, the daughter of William Henry BAKER, a grocer. Witnesses were William H. BAKER, Halbert EDGOOSE, and Isabella BAKER.
      (June Q 1938 March 3b 1585)

      Army Form E501. He was given the Army No. 2092859. His Territorial Army Attestation on 5 July 1939 gives his address as High Trees, Leverington, Wisbech in the parish of Sutton St. James. His trade on enlistment was that of a clerk to a carpenter and joiner. He had been in the Wisbech Grammar School Cadet Corps for three years. His description on enlistment was as follows:
      Apparent Age 24 years 3 months
      Height 5ft. 7ins.
      Weight 147 lbs.
      Complexion Fresh
      Eyes Brown
      Hair Dark
      Religious Denomination C. of E.

      Army Form B300B. He enlisted for four years in the Royal Engineers at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 5 July 1939. He was Trade Tested Pioneer Carpenter & Joiner classification E.III. He was placed on the Family Allowance Roll for wife only. Initially he joined the 250th Field Company with the rank of sapper. He attended A.T. for fifteen days from 6 August to 20 August 1939. He was mobilized and passed fit on the 2 September 1939 and transferred on 8 September 1939 to the 287th Field Company. He served at home from 5 July 1939 to 8 November 1941, in the M. E. from 9 November 1941 to 14 February 1942, and was a PoW of the Japanese from 15 February 1942 to 11 January 1946, 3 years and 331 days in captivity. He was demobilized on 16 June 1946. He was promoted to L/Cpl on 29 January 1941 and to Cpl on 21 July the same year.

      Army Form W.3040 Casualty Card
      Surname EDGOOSE
      Christian names Stanley Robert
      Rank A/CPL
      Date 7.7.43
      Regiment or Corps 287 FIELD COY R.E.
      WO MEMO of 21.2.45
      Rescued from Jap Transport conveying POW from Thailand Camp. NOK informed by WO 16.2.1945

      Form M-188. Case of a Patient Invalided, Dead, or sent to Hospital.
      Name of Ship R.N. Hospital, R.E.
      Place where Sydney
      Name of Patient EDGOOSE Stanley.
      Age, Quality and O.N. Cpl. 209285 30
      Next of Kin and address. Wife:- Mrs. D. Edgoose, 119 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire.
      The above-named was admitted to R.N.H.Sydney from RNHS Vasma on 22.10.1945.
      1. February 1942 - Singapore 13 months.
      2. Thailand [sic] 15 months.
      3. Singapore 3 months. Japan 10 months.
      4. In all 3yrs. 7 months.

      Form B103-1. Service and Casualty Form
      Liberated PoW
      14.4.40 Medical Category A1
      14.3.41 Admitted to Rec Cen Lockerbie
      16.3.41 Transferred to Infectious Diseases Hospital, Lochmaben
      5.5.41 Discharged Infectious Diseases Hospital Diptheria
      9.11.41 Embarked for service overseas
      15.2.42 Missing Malaya
      N/S Prisoner of War
      In Japanese Hands
      21.4.43 In Camp Malaya
      24.3.43 NOK notified
      29.1.44 PoW Card seen. Location No. 4 POW Camp Thailand. Letter to NOK 29.1.44

      11.1.46 Liberated Pow
      From Japan
      11.1.46 Arrived UK
      Admitted Mil Hosp Chester
      28.2.46 Posted to 'Y' List
      16.6.46 Released to Class 'Z' (T)

      [hand written] Ex PoW in Far East
      Military Conduct Exemplary
      on reverse:
      stamped 28 Feb 1946
      "Due to circumstances beyond the control of the soldier and the Service it is not possible to estimate fully his capabilities as regards Civil employment. Experience gained in the Service as a Pioneer Carpenter & Joiner (EIII) should however prove an asset to him in Civilian life.
      His record shows him to be honest and thoroughly reliable
      [illegible signature Major RE 21.2.1946]

      The 287th Field Company arrived in Singapore during the last weeks of the Malayan campaign. They landed from the USS Mount Vernon (the peacetime SS Washington) on 13 January 1942 and fought in Johore, losing twenty-one other ranks killed in action, and eight taken POW and imprisoned in Pudu Gaol, Kuala Lumpur. During the subsequent fighting on the island, the 287th incurred a further five fatalities. Some of the wounded were evacuated while others recovered in Roberts Hospital which had been set up in the Changi POW camp area of at the eastern tip of Singapore Island. Singapore surrendered on 15 February 1942.
      Stanley EDGOOSE spent two years working on the Burma railway. It is not known exactly when he and his fellow POWs made the five day journey, tightly packed in metre-gauge steel box-cars, from Singapore to Banpong, near the Thailand end of the notorious railway line, but it is known that the first trainload left Changi on 18 June 1942 and that it included seven of the eight 287th POWs from Pudu Gaol, Kuala Lumpur. Whilst over half the POW movement north was in October and early November 1942, many other 287th POWs did not leave Changi until March and April 1943.
      The horrors of slave labour in the disease stricken jungle was almost certainly surpassed by what followed. In June 1944 the fittest POWs from the prison camps in Thailand were selected for shipment to Japan. They were held at the River Valley Road camp in Singapore until 6 September when they were crammed into the holds of two ships in a convoy of six merchant (unmarked as to their cargo) and five naval vessels. During the night of 11 and 12 September 1944 the convoy was attacked 300 miles off Hainan and late on the following day the the US submarine Pampanito torpedoed the 10,509 ton Kachidoki Maru with many 18th Division sappers and their MO aboard. The 287th lost five but several hundred POWs from other units were trapped in the hold and drowned. The remainder were rescued by the Japanese from Hainan and sailed from Hainan to Moji, Kyushu, in a whaling mother ship. From there, the 287th POWs were sent to Sakata and spent the rest of their captivity filling and moving trucks at a chemical factory, transferring coal from barges to rail, dismantling log rafts and loading the timber on to railway wagons. The Japanese winter of 1944-1945 was the coldest for 70 years.
      (Source: 'The Fate of the 18th Division Royal Engineers' by Professor P. H. G. Allen BSc. PhD AKC published in The Royal Engineers Journal Volume 106, No.1 April 1992)

      For a more detailed account of the horrors aboard the hell-ship Kachidoki Maru on its September 1943 voyage from Singapore see Wally MOLE's Story at

      The name of EDGOOSE, Stanley Robert, BDR, Army, 2092859, 3045, is included in the British roster at Sendai 9B Sakata POW Camp dated 1945. He was rescued in September 1945.
      (source: Roger Mansell, Palo Alto, California, USA.

      As Corporal S. EDGOOSE, No. 2092859 Royal Engineers, he returned to the UK aboard the New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.'s 'Maunganui' from Wellington, New Zealand, arriving at Southampton on 10 January 1946. He was suffering from Beri Beri, Avitaminosis, and Malnutrition. His next of kin was his wife Mrs. EDGOOSE of 119 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire.
      (UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878-1960)

      He owned Edgoose's Mace Minimarket (Baker and Edgoose Ltd.) of 117 and 119 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire.

      Two children completed the family: Robert William who was born in 1952 and Susan Mary who was born in 1955.

      His wife Dorothy died on 14 February 1966.

      He married Katherine WOLSTENHOLME at March Roman Catholic Church on 11 November 1969. She was a widow, the daughter of John O'DONOGHUE deceased, farmer, and a district nurse. She had been living a 2 Brickmakers, Arms Lane, Doddington. Witnesses were G.T. EDGOOSE and M.J. O'DONOGHUE
      (GRO December Q 1969 March 4a 784)

      He was living at 119 High Street, March, Cambridgeshire, when probate of his father's will was granted on 17 March 1976. He was still living there in 2002 and 2003.
      (Electoral Rolls)

      He died at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, on 27 September 2003. His usual address was given as 2a Elwyndene Road, March, Cambridgeshire.
      (GRO October 2003 Huntingdon 3331B G9B 046 1003)

      He was cremated at Peterborough Crematorium.

      Obituaries appeared in the Fenland Citizen and the Cambridgeshire Times in October 2003. The following appeared in the Fenland Citizen:
      "Death of Mr. Stanley EDGOOSE
      Loving tribute has been paid to March businessman Stanley EDGOOSE who died aged 88 at the weekend.
      Described as a man who 'worked to live and lived to work', he was behind the counter of his carpet shop, EDGOOSE's of March, on Friday afternoon before being taken ill.
      He died suddenly but peacefully at Hinchingbrooke Hospital on Saturday.
      Daughter Susan and son Robert yesterday said people often asked him why he worked to such an age. But he would always say he worked because he survived and survived because he worked.
      It was a 'miracle' Mr. EDGOOSE - pictured - lived to 88, after being captured by the Japanese in 1942 and put to work on the Burma railway.
      He was reported missing and presumed dead back in March, and on his way home his ship was torpedoed.
      When the ship sank he found a raft and floated on the sea for days, before being picked up by a Japanese trawler.
      Mr. EDGOOSE, who was born in Sutton St. James, was called up in 1939 - less than a year after marrying Dorothy.
      He was in the Territorial Army, serving in the Cambridgeshires of the Royal Engineers.
      He met Dorothy at Wisbech Post Office's telegraph office, where he worked after leaving Wisbech Grammar School.
      He attended Victoria Road School in Wisbech, living in Emneth with brothers Graham and Raymond, and his mother and father, who was the village's sub-post office's master.
      After returning from the war in 1946 he formed Baker and Edgoose Ltd, a sub-post office and grocery shop in March, with his father-in-law.
      Robert was born in 1952, followed by Susan in 1955, and in September 1959 Mr. EDGOOSE was made sub-post office master.
      In the early 1960's the grocery shop moved from Station Road and became the carpet shop it is today in the High Street.
      Susan said life was tough when her mum died in 1966, but three years later Stanley married Kay and became stepfather to Ann and Nicola.
      The shop was the first in the town to offer home visits and Mr. EDGOOSE's motto was 'any day, any time'. It is now one of the town's longest standing businesses.
      A funeral service is being held next Thursday (October 9) at St. Wendreda's Church, March, at 11.30am, followed at Peterborough Crematorium at 2pm.
      Mr. EDGOOSE also leaves nine grandchildren - Jerry, Emma, Matthew, Sara, Samantha, Neil, Rachael, Rebecca and Jonathan - and two great-grandchildren, Jake and Dylan."
      (The reference to a shop in Station Road is incorrect - Susan EDGOOSE 18.12.2003)

      His name appears in the Peterborough Crematorium Book of Rembrance.

      Shirley BARNES, whose father was also a prisoner at Sakata after the sinking of the Kachidoki Maru, has discovered how her father returned to the UK. Like many other prisoners from Sakata he was taken from Japan to New Zealand on the hospital ship Tjitjalenka. After berthing in Auckland the men were sent either to Ravensthorpe Convalescent Depot in Papakura or to Papakura Camp Hospital. Others went on the Maunganui to Wellington and then on to Trentham Camp Hospital or Burnham Convalescent Depot. Some months later her father embarked on HMS Reaper for Australia. A few weeks later the Aquitania took him to Southampton via South Africa. He reached the UK in January 1946.
      Men came home by all sorts of routes. Some came via Hawaii and the United States, others came the other way via India. Everything depended on how fit they were and what transport was available.
      (shirleyb60 at

      Probate of his will was granted on 6 February 2004.

      (revised 07.12.2017)