M/4344, Sick Berth Attendant, Edgar Thomas PAMMENT
Aged 23

HMS Victory, R.N. Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve
Died of disease on Wednesday 9th February 1916

Born in Bury St.Edmunds on 20th December 1892 [Bury St.Edmunds 4a:796], baptised at St John's on 11th March 1893 , 2nd son of Frederick Thomas and Sophie PAMMENT (née KEEBLE)of 5 Tayfen Terrace, Bury St Edmunds.

1901 census...Edgar [8] was at 10 Ingram Street, Huntingdon with his father Frederick [34], a railway engine driver born Cherry Hinton; his mother Sophia [36] born Elmsett,Hadleigh; his brothers Albert [10] and Victor [6] both born in Bury St Edmunds, and his sister Florence [3] born in Cambridge. His elder brother had died in 1897, aged 8.

1911 census...Edgar [18] was an Ordinary Seaman 3rd Class, serving at Royal Sailors Rest, Portsmouth. His parents; brother Victor; sister Florence and brother Leslie [6] born Cambridge, were now at 16 Warrington Street, Newmarket. Brother Albert was at Farnham, at Talavera Barracks, in the Leicestershire Regiment.

Naval records have his mother Sophie later at Cherry Vale, Back Hill, Ely.

His brother Victor Edward PAMMENT, 16620 L/Cpl 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment click here was killed in France on 9th April 1917, having been awarded the D.C.M.. He is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St.Laurent-Blagny and is commemorated on the City of Ely War Memorial. Brother Albert survived the war, gaining the 1914 Star with clasp (an Old Contemptible), the War Medal and Victory Medal.

Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve was founded in 1903 and renamed in 1904 and it consisted of men drawn from the St Johnís Ambulance Brigade. The Naval records show only the award of the British War Medal, which indicates no service in an operational theatre of war. That is compatible with a Sick Berth Attendant, nursing staff at a hospital in UK. H.M.S. Victory in this instance being a shore base, administrative HQ at Portsmouth.

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Edgar is buried in Haslar Royal Navy Cemetery, Gosport, Hants- Ref:E.9.1

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