Edith Florence Dermina Ivy Mary ASHE
- Born: 4 Nov 1920, Smyrna, Turkey
- Marriage: Colonel Joyclyn William Gladstone GRAY on 28 Jan 1954 in The British Embassy, Amman, Jordan
- Died: 5 Feb 2013, England aged 92
Edith was born in Izmir (Smyrna) in Turkey. Her twin brother, Robert, died of dysentery soon after birth. When the family was evacuated when the Greek enclaves in Turkey were attacked, they went to Cyprus, where her father found a job as a mining engineer. As her mother suffered badly from malaria, the family moved to Venezuela for three years. They then returned to England, and later went back to Cyprus, where Edith was completing her "matriculation" studies. When the Second World War started, the family returned to England where her father eventually joined the RAF.
Edith joined the army in May 1940, and was sent to Egypt and, from there, to Palestine. She eventually returned to England, but she had liked the Middle East so much that she volunteered for a second tour of duty there, where she met her future husband. She was discharged from the army and stayed with her parents in Cyprus. She then went to Jordan and stayed with her future husband's commanding officer, a Brigadier. She found herself a job at the Headquarters of the Arab Legion as a civilian Ammunition Officer, and worked there for two years before getting married.
They moved to Muscat and then Aden, where her husband, Pat was killed in a terrorist attack, and Edith was severely wounded. Edith was in an RAF hospital for 6 months and was unable to attend her husband's funeral in Aden. When she recovered, she bought a house in Rye and lived there with her mother. She found a job with the Ministry of Buildings and Works and, after two years, she passed an exam to move into a higher grade. She then sold the house in Rye and moved to work in Croydon with the Internal Revenue. Later she moved to Oxford for the Inland Revenue. After a couple of years, she transferred to work for the South Oxford District Council.
After retirement, Edith moved to Eastbourne.
Edith married Colonel Joyclyn William Gladstone GRAY, son of Captain William Johnston GRAY and Irene Evelyn Louise PRATT-BARLOW, on 28 Jan 1954 in The British Embassy, Amman, Jordan. (Colonel Joyclyn William Gladstone GRAY was born on 1 Aug 1909 in Durban, Natal, South Africa, died on 28 Jul 1966 in Aden Protectorate, Yemen and was buried in The British Cemetery, Silent Valley, Aden.)