Richard Edser Death – Dead | Passed Away – Obituary
Richard Edser Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Richard Edser.
VJDay75: Harlow’s Richard Edser, who passed away a few days ago, showed us this photograph and told us: “There was a young petty officer, killed when this kamikaze pilot crashed into our ship (HMS Formidable). I will never forget him and his sacrifice. I have had 75 more years than him. I was one of the lucky ones.”
We are very sad to announce the death of Richard (Dickie) Edser aged 94 on Wednesday morning. Dickie, who served on the Aircraft Carrier Formidable witnessed many of the Kamikaze attacks from the Japanese piliots and lost a number of friends. Dickie was looking forward to taking part in the VJ-Day commemorations tomorrow and had already given a number of interviews to the media which with the kind permission of his family will all go ahead. He was also one of our most dedicated collectors and joined us for many years at tube and railway stations and at Millwall FC. Rest in Peace Sailor.
It is with deep regret that we have to announce the passing of Dick Edser. He was a valued and much loved VIP to our unit.
Richard Edser, 94, served as a Seaman on board the HMS Formidable aircraft carrier in East Asia.
He had signed up aged just 17, with his training and military career taking him to Belfast, Norway, Gibraltar and the Pacific
Our best wishes goes to his family at this time.
From all at Harlow Sea Cadets.
Navy Veterans Richard Edser, 94 and Alfie ‘Fred’ Lee, 95 remember being on board HMS Formidable and making it through to VJ DAY as the 75th anniversary approaches this Saturday.
“It is important to me, I make sure people know what we’ve done. All the people that were lost, all my mates” said Richard
They recall little fanfare when the Formidable later returned to England in 1946. “Nobody was on the jetty at all, that’s why we’re called the forgotten fleet,” remembers Fred
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.