A History of YALDING, Kent, England

The BLUNDEN Memorial Window is located in the South Chancel wall next to the pulpit.
It was engraved In 1979 by Laurence Whistler, a friend of this poet.
Edmund Charles Blunden came to Yalding at the age of four, when his father Charles Edmund Blunden took up the joint position of headmaster of the village school and organist of this parish church. (Note that the poet is Edmund Charles and his father is Charles Edmund). Edmund (Charles) spent his childhood in Yalding and after his early years at the village school went to Cleaves School, and then won a scholarship to Christ's Hospital at Horsham in Sussex.
An insert in the parish magazine for August 1909 reads:-
"We have to congratulate Edmund Charles Blunden, son of our Schoolmaster, Mr C E Blunden, and a pupil of Cleaves School, on his recent success in the College of Preceptors' Class III Examination, he was placed in the Honours Division, with distinction in French and English.
In the Competitive Examination, open to Endowed Schools, for entrance into the Christ's Hospital Boys' School, he was placed eighth among the successful candidates. He also gained first School Prize for the year at Cleaves School. This must be very gratifying to the Iad's parents and to his master, Mr Samuel Williams, and we hope is the beginning of a career of distinction and usefulness. A good start goes a long way towards a good finish.”
There is more about Edmund in the People Section. Below is the engraved window