Edmenson, Walter Alexander

Edmenson, Walter Alexander

Mentioned in Despatches


H.M. Motor Attendance Craft No.5, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Died as the result of enemy action on Thursday 26 December 1940 (aged 21)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Chatham Naval Memorial 40.2

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque


Walter Alexander Edmenson was born on 23 July 1919 at 5 Fountainville Avenue, Belfast and he was the only son of Walter Alexander Edmenson and Doris Edmenson (nee Davidson) who were married in 1918 at Tynemouth, Northumberland.  Walter Alexander Edmenson Senior was later knighted.

Captain Sir Walter Alexander Edmenson CBE, DL (2 December 1892 – 6 October 1992) was a British businessman, shipowner, and public administrator.  Born in Limehouse, London, he worked initially with Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company.  Around 1914 he started working for Harland and Wolff in Belfast.  During the First World War he served as a Captain with the Royal Field Artillery, before returning to Harland and Wolff.  He later resigned from Harland and Wolff to become Managing Director of the Ulster Steamship Company.  He was also a director of several other firms.  During the Second World War Walter Alexander Edmenson Senior was shipping representative at the Ministry of War Transport in Northern Ireland.

During the Second World War Walter Alexander Emerson, who was born in 1919, served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He was mentioned in despatches “for zeal and devotion to duty in mine-sweeping operations”.

Sub-Lieutenant Walter Alexander Edmenson died on 26 December 1940 (aged 21) when Motor Attendance Craft No.5 was lost off Gunfleet, Essex, ‘presumed mined’.