Edmund Ewart BRADFORD (1885-1955)
Edmund Ewart Bradford was married to Daisy Idiens, a member of the Idiens family who lived at Wickhamford Manor for around seven years at the turn of the 20th century and were friends of the Sladden family. Edmund was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 30th January 1885, the youngest of six children of Edmund Bradford and his wife, Emily (née Butler). At the age of 20, Edmund emigrated to Canada, stating his destination to be Winnipeg.
On 5th July 1913, Edmund married Alice Marguerite Idiens at Royal Oak, who had emigrated to Canada in 1911. It is possible that the two may have known each other in England as both their fathers had been coal merchants.
Edmund and Daisy had two sons: Peter (1914) and Desmond Ewart (1915-1940).
Edmund, when living at 1345 Woodland Road, Victoria, British Columbia, enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 28th February 1916. He served overseas and was invalided out of the army in 1919.
Edmund returned to farming and was living at Metchosin, British Columbia, with his family at the time of the 1921 Canadian census.
Edmund died at Saanich, British Columbia, on 3rd September 1955, aged 70; Daisy had died nine years earlier. He was buried with her at St Mary’s Cemetery, Metchosin.