Charles Humphrey Kingsman Edmonds, Air Vice-Marshal, CBE DSO RAF

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Charles Humphrey Kingsman Edmonds, Air Vice-Marshal, CBE DSO RAF

Also Known As: "Chum"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 26, 1954 (63)
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Edmonds and Mary Elizabeth "Ella" Edmonds (Harris)
Husband of Lorna Karim Chadwick Edmonds
Father of Private and Robin Humprey Gordon Edmonds, CMG MBE
Brother of William Stanley (Bill) Edmonds; Lettice Woodroffe Massy and Private

Occupation: Naval and air force officer
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About Charles Humphrey Kingsman Edmonds, Air Vice-Marshal, CBE DSO RAF

  • Birth registration, Lincoln: "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X1H-9TP : accessed 27 February 2016), Charles Humphrey K Edmonds, 1891; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • Baptism at St Mary in the Close, Lincoln: "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NF9P-6YJ : accessed 27 February 2016), Charles Humphrey Kingsman Edmonds, 23 May 1891; citing , reference 2:2GT54H3; FHL microfilm 1,542,052.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Edmonds
  • http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Edmonds.htm - History of his service in the RAF, various ranks and accolades, before retiring in Oct 1945. "Joining the Royal Navy in 1903, he served in the Balkan War of 1911 - 12, before learning to fly and transferring to the Naval Wing of the RFC (later renamed RNAS), he gained RAeC Certificate 206 on 16 April 1912. One of the earliest pilots in the RNAS, he was one of the pilots selected to take part in the Cuxhaven Raid on Christmas Day 1914 flying Short Type 74 (No 811) - See Archives, for which he received his DSO.. He later served aboard the Ben-my-chree during the Gallipoli campaign. It was in the Dardanelles that on 12 August 1915 that he became the first pilot in history to sink a ship with an air dropped torpedo, a Turkish steamer off Bulsair. Five days later he torpedoed his second vessel when he successfully attacked one of three large supply ships heading for Ak Bashi Liman. Flying Short Type 184, No 849 on 11 February 1916, he suffered engine failure and on landing on a heavy sea, the aircraft capsized. Edmonds and his observer (Lt R Erskine Childers, the author of "The Riddle of the Sands") were rescued by HMT Charlsen."
  • Book authored by him before 1922, recently published in paperback form: http://www.amazon.co.uk/cooperation-Charles-Humphrey-Kingsman-Edmonds/dp/5519481458
  • His naval and air force career is referenced in several books available via Google Books.
  • Death in Surrey, 1954: "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVC6-7XW1 : accessed 27 February 2016), Charles H K Edmonds, 1954; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Surrey North Western, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Name: Charles H K Edmonds
Event Type: Death
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration Year: 1954
Registration District: Surrey North Western
County: Surrey
Event Place: Surrey North Western, Surrey, England
Age (available after 1866): 63
Birth Year (Estimated): 1891
Volume: 5G
Page: 520
Line Number: 92


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Charles Humphrey Kingsman Edmonds, Air Vice-Marshal, CBE DSO RAF's Timeline

1891
April 20, 1891
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
May 23, 1891
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
1920
October 5, 1920
Age 29
1954
September 26, 1954
Age 63
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
1954
Age 62
England, United Kingdom