We will remember them - Josies Story

We will remember - Josie's Story

Not all the stories brought to the Remembrance Service at Stanford could be told. We would have been there all day!  

One “unheard” story is  Josie’s story.  Her grandparents were Eliza and Frederick Bishop.  They lived at Roadside Cottages, Stanford where they brought up their children. Eliza was laundress at Stanford Court and Fredrick also worked for the Winningtons.  One of their sons was in the 3rd Battalion of the Worcester Regiment.  He died at the Somme in October 1916. He has no known grave.

Eliza and Fredrick’s daughter, Annie, married Bill Edmonds. Bill was a survivor of Gallipoli. He worked as one of the three postmen serving Stanford and Annie was a cook for the Winningtons. They lived in School Cottages. When Bill had an accident to his spine which left him paralysed, Annie had to support their five children. The youngest of the five was Josie who was with us for our Remembrance Service. Her brother, George, joined the Royal Marines taking part in the D Day landings on Omaha beach. He survived and lived until recently.

Josie, whose uncle was killed at the Somme, whose father survived Gallipoli  and whose brother survived D Day, was with us for our Remembrance.