At the outbreak of the First World War, Edith was aged 53 and residing with her daughter at ‘Kokine’ Tubbenden Lane, Orpington. The family split their time between Orpington and their second home on the Isle of Wight.
Effect of the First World War – the death of Edith’s husband
Edith’s husband Walter was aged 58 and had worked as a corn merchant at the outbreak of the First World War. In March 1916 Walter was travelling on a cross channel passenger ferry between Folkestone, England and Dieppe, France called the SS Sussex. The SS Sussex was torpedoed by a German submarine and Walter was one of 50 passengers who lost their lives that day. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Orpington.