Monday, 27 April 2015

Emison, Edmund - Leading Sick Berth Attendant

(No soldier photo available)
H.M. Hospital Ship Vira,
Royal Navy
Died 21 January 1943
Age 31

Leading Sick Berth Attendant Edmund Emison of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve, became ill and died aboard the Hospital Ship Vira whilst she was berthed at the naval base at Mombasa, Kenya.

Edmund was the son of John Edmund and Bertha Emison and the husband of Elsie. He was aged 31. He had been a member of Haslingden St.John's Ambulance Brigade for several years. He was in the Royal Naval Reserve for seven years before his call-up in September 1939 at the outbreak of war. He worked in a hospital in the south of England for a year before his transfer to a hospital ship. Edmund formerly worked at Messrs. L. Whittaker's, Albion Mill, Helmshore. He worshipped at Haslingden Congregational Church.

Edmund lies in Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery , Kenya. Mombasa is an island off the Kenyan coast. The cemetery contains war grave plots as well as scattered war graves. There are 51 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 War and a further 146 Commonwealth burials of the 19391945 War. Edmund is in the 'Protected Service Plot', Row H, Grave 58.