Edith Caroline Arragon (1879 – 1940)

Edith Caroline Arragon was born in Marylebone, London towards the end of 1879. She was the daughter of Charles John Arragon, a local house painter, and Jane Saunders. In 1891 Edith was boarding at the priory school at St. Marychurch in Torquay, Devon with her older sister Winifred.

Edith came to stay with Ernest and Alice Wilkins at Meadow Cottage in Wrotham Heath during the war to escape the bombing in London, and was an old friend of Alice’s. On the night of the bombing of 15 October 1940, Edith (or Edie as she was known) had been at the Royal Oak when the bomb hit the pub. Edward ‘Ted’ Lowes (of Whatcote Cottages) and Joan Wilkins, were walking towards the Oak where they were due to meet friends. They saw the explosion and Ted subsequently found Edie under rubble and carried her outside, however she was dead at the scene.

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