The funeral of 97 year old, long time Shepton resident and Royal British Legion member, Edwin (Ted) Madgwick will be held at Mendip Crematorium at 10.30am on Friday 4th October 2019.
Ted served in the wartime RAF, beginning with flying training in Canada in January 1942 before returning to the UK later that year. Postings in North Yorkshire and Wales followed before he was selected for an overseas posting to RAF Drigh Road, Karachi. Drigh Road was an assembly station for the hundreds of aircraft sent in crates for the Burma front and the task of the Test Flight was to test every one of these aircraft after being assembled by the ground crews. Ted’s logbooks show the enormous variety of aeroplanes that he flew on the test flights including Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mustangs and Thunderbolts as well as many other types.
Ted was delighted to be our guest of honour at the 2015 Collett Festival celebrations in Shepton when he was re-united with his beloved Spitfire. He represented that dwindling band of pilots who had flown iconic Spitfire aircraft during the 2nd World War and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Garfield Kennedy who was organiser for the 2015 Collett Festival remembers Ted greeting literally hundreds of people at the event. Garfield remembers him as “one of the most charming and modest people I have ever met. The Town Council was rightly proud to have Ted as our guest of honour in a year when the Festival theme was remembrance of the Battle of Britain.”
Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion will be in attendance at his funeral. All who knew or met Ted are invited to pay their respects at the Crematorium on Friday.