Pedlow, Edith Doreen (Doreen)
Mentioned in Despatches
No. 206391, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service
Died as the result of enemy action on Friday 20 February 1942 (aged 37)
No known grave
Singapore Memorial, Singapore (Column 114)
Bangor and District War Memorial
First Bangor Presbyterian Church
Edith Doreen Pedlow was born on 29 December 1904 in Sunnyside, Lurgan, County Armagh and she was the eldest child of William and Edith Mary Pedlow (nee Ross) who were married on 8 January 1903 in Shankhill Parish Church of Ireland Church, Lurgan.
The Pedlow family lived at 47 William Street, Lurgan.
William Pedlow was a merchant (poultry dealer) and he and Edith Mary Pedlow (nee Ross) had four children:
Edith Doreen (born 29 December 1904 in Sunnyside, Lurgan)
Norah (born 1 November 1906 in Sunnyside, Lurgan)
Kathleen (born 10 January 1908 in Alexandra Terrace, Lurgan)
William (born 19 February 1915 at 3 Parkmount, Lisburn while his father was working as a manager for Armour & Co. Ltd)
Doreen’s father died at his residence in Alexandra Terrace, Lurgan on 12 October 1922 (aged 47) and was buried in the Friends’ Burying Ground, Lurgan. Her widowed mother lived at 16 Godfrey Avenue, Bangor and she died on 21 January 1945.
During the Second World War Doreen Pedlow’s sister Norah served as a nursing sister with the US Navy; her sister Kathleen Clarke (nee Pedlow) worked in the munitions industry in Great Britain (Kathleen’s husband, Captain Raymond Clarke, was on active service) and her brother William served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Navy.
Edith Doreen Pedlow received her nursing training in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and she had war service at home, in France and in Singapore where she was attached to the Royal Military Hospital.
How Doreen died was reported in the 1 December 1945 edition of the County Down Spectator – by which time her mother had died. When Sister Pedlow was being evacuated from Singapore aboard the SS Kuala this ship was bombed and sunk but she managed to reach Pompong Island, some 70 miles south of Singapore. She was taken off this island by the SS Tanjong Pinang which was shelled soon thereafter and once again Sister Pedlow found herself in the water. She and another Sister managed to reach a small raft to which they clung for three days and three nights. Sister Pedlow (aged 37) died of exposure before rescue came and her companion died after being taken to a Prisoner-of-War Camp in Sumatra.
Sister Ida May Nelson from Helen’s Bay who was also aboard the SS Tanjong Pinang died in the shelling.
Sister Edith Doreen Pedlow (No. 206391) is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial; on Bangor and District War Memorial and in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.