Sydney Reddick †

A white portland stone Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone bearing the details of Serjeant S Reddick, with various plants in front, including a pink rose

The grave of Serjeant Sydney Reddick in Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery (courtesy of Alan Regin)

Sydney Reddick is also remembered on Page 23 of the Central Council for Church Bellringers Roll of Honour (image of original page) and its online version; and on Ashtead’s War Memorials.

This page sets out the key events of his life, with detailed references. See the bottom of the page for automatically generated links to blog posts which refer to this page.

Personal life

Born: 8 February 1895 At: Ashtead
Birth registered: 1st quarter 1895 Epsom Registration District
Died: 25 March 1918 Near: Achiet-le-Grand, France
Buried: Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers
Aged: 23

Ringing

Learnt to ring: Ashtead Association membership: Surrey Association Elected: 20 December 1913
(Belfry election before first peal)
Peals: 2

Job

Occupation (1911): Garden boy

War service

Service: Army Rank: Serjeant Enlisted: Before 4 December 1914
Regiment: East Surrey Regiment Battalion: 5th Battalion Number: 2837 Date:
201008 By 1 March 1917
London Regiment 1st Battalion 229611 25 September 1917
Posted Royal Fusiliers 26th Battalion
Campaign medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Life events

Date Modifier Date Event Description/Notes Sources
On 13 October 1888 Parents’ marriage Arthur Reddick and Eliza Partridge, were married at Leatherhead Parish Church on 13 October, registered 4th quarter 1888, Epsom Registration District. Both were living in Leatherhead at the time, Arthur’s occupation is given as wheelwright; that of his father, Henry, as carpenter; and his father-in-law, John Partridge a wheelwright – suggesting that all three men may well have worked together. AshteadWM; FreeBMD1; FreeBMD2; SurreyParish1
On 24 January 1890 Birth of brother Stanley Reddick, born 24 January and baptised in Leatherhead Parish Church on 6 April 1890 according to the baptism register. His birth was registered 1st quarter 1890, Epsom Registration District AshteadWM; FreeBMD3; Census1901; SurreyParish2
Before 24 December 1891 Birth of brother Percy Reddick, born 24 December 1891 and baptised Leatherhead Parish Church, 28 February 1892, according to baptism register. Birth registered 1st quarter 1892, Epsom Registration District. The family was recorded as living in Lower Ashtead. AshteadWM; FreeBMD4; Census1901; SurreyParish3
On 8 February 1895 Birth Sydney Reddick, born 8 February 1895 and baptised at Ashtead on 14 April according to the baptism register. Birth registered 1st quarter 1895, Epsom Registration District. The family was recorded as living in Lower Ashtead. AshteadWM; FreeBMD5; Census1901; SurreyParish4
On 31 March 1901 Census Sydney Reddick aged 6, residing Otway Road with parents Arthur (37), wheelwright, and Eliza (34); older brothers Stanley (11) and Percy (9); and two boarders, Percy Pullen (20) and Charles Sweetman (19), both domestic gardners born Chiddingfold Census1901
Before 30 September 1904 Birth of brother Ernest Arthur Reddick born 30 July 1904 according to baptism register. The birth was registered 3rd quarter 1904, Epsom Registration District. Baptised on 18 September 1904 at Ashtead. FreeBMD6; Census1911; SurreyParish5
Before 9 December 1908 Death of brother Stanley Reddick, aged 18, registered 4th quarter 1908, Epsom Registration District. Buried 9 December 1908 in Ashtead churchyard. FreeBMD7; SurreyParish6
On 14 March 1911 Birth of sister Eva Mary Reddick, born 14 March and baptised 14 May 1911 according to baptism register. Birth registered 1st quarter 1911, Epsom Registration District FreeBMD8; Census1911; SurreyParish7
On 2 April 1911 Census Sydney Reddick aged 16, garden boy, residing Otway Road with parents Arthur (47), wheelwright (worker), and Eliza (44), married 22 years 5 children, 4 living 1 dead; older brother Percy (19) plate caster at accumulator manufacturer; younger brother Ernest Arthur (6), school; younger sister Eva Mary (under 1 month) Census1911
On 20 December 1913 First Peal Sidney[sic] Reddick rang his first peal, of Grandsire Triples, on the treble. Elected a member of the Surrey Association immediately prior to the peal. Peal rung to mark the 40th anniversary of the recasting of the bells at the Whitechapel Foundry, Arthur Hughes of the foundry rang the 3. RW1
On 3 August 1914 Peal Sidney[sic] Reddick rang his second known peal, again of Grandsire Triples, on the treble. Rung to mark the Silver Wedding Anniversary of My and Mrs Pantia Ralli owners of Ashtead Park. RW2
Before 4 December 1914 Enlistment Sidney Readick[sic] reported to have joined 5th (Reserve) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (Territorial Force) and stationed at Wimbledon (also enlisted there). George A Cooke[sic] and James B Wyatt[sic] also reported with same service details. Presumably actually fellow Ashtead ringers George Albert Cook and Hedley James Wyatt. On enlistment, service number was 2837. RW3; SDGW
Before 1 March 1917 Renumbered In the renumbering of the Territorial Force which took place in early 1917, Reddick was given the new number 201008 MIC; BWM&VMRoll; TFRenumber
On 16 September 1917 Posted to BEF Still on the books of 5th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, Reddick entered the France and Flanders theatre of war on this date. Probably posted to 30 Infantry Base Depot. MIC; BWM&VMRoll; ServiceRecEAM
On 25 September 1917 Transferred to 1st Battalion, the London Regiment, posted 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers Reddick now joined a frontline fighting unit, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; though for some official purposes related to his status as a member of the Territorial Force he was actually a member of 1st Battalion, the London Regiment. His new service number, 229611, was in the block used by that battalion. The battalion was then based in the Franch village of Borre, just west of the town of Hazebrouck. MIC; BWM&VMRoll; ServiceRecEAM; TFRenumber; WarDiary1
On 13 October 1917 Death of brother Percy had been fighting in the Mesopotamian Campaign as a member of 1/5th Battalion, the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), against the Ottoman Empire (in the area of modern Iraq). He appears to have been one of the many who succumbed to disease. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. AshteadWM; CWGC1
In November 1917 Battalion move As part of 124 Infantry Brigade, 41st Division; 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was transferred from France to the Italian Front during November 1917 WarDiary1; WarDiary2
On 2 March 1918 Battalion move As part of 124 Infantry Brigade, 41st Division; 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was transferred back to France from the Italian Front entraining at Villa Franca on 2 March 1918 WarDiary3
On 7 March 1918 Battalion move Battalion detrains at Mondicourt on 7 March 1918. Then marches to Sus-Saint-Leger, east of Arras WarDiary3
On 21 March 1918-22 March 1918 Battalion move Entrained at Saulty Station late on 21 March 1918 from where they had been due to move to a training area, instead due to the German Spring Offensive beginning early on 21 March they were diverted to the front, and detrained at Achiet-le-Grand (south of Arras) at 0400, 22 March, and then marched to Favreuil (just north of Bapaume) arriving at 0530, 22 March. WarDiary3
On 25 March 1918 Died of Wounds Having arrived at Bapaume on 22 March, the battalion, along with the rest of 124 Infantry Brigade took up defensive positions, constructing three lines of trenches north east of Beugnatre. By the night of 22/23 March these trenches were fully occupied by the brigade. Strong German attacks began on 23 March, with 26 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers initially being in support, with C company being sent to reinforce 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. The rest of the battalion was drawn into the fighting on 24 March. From late on 24 March the brigade was forced to fall back several times. During some part of these actions Reddick was fatally wounded. In actions from 22-31 March 1918 the battalion war diary records: 3 officers, 38 other ranks, killed; 19 officers, 127 other ranks, wounded; 1 officer, 102 other ranks, missing. Reddick is buried in Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers. This cemetery was constructed post-war, with burials brought in from a number of other cemeteries and isolated burials. It is not clear at present where Reddick was originally buried. WarDiary3; CWGC2

Sources

Local history

  1. AshteadWM: “Ashtead War Memorials – The Reddick Brothers” from Ashtead War Memorials, Leatherhead and District Local History Society

FreeBMD

  1. FreeBMD1: Marriages Dec 1888 – Reddick Arthur
  2. FreeBMD2: Marriages Dec 1888 – Partridge Eliza
  3. FreeBMD3 Births Mar 1890 – Reddick Stanley
  4. FreeBMD4: Births Mar 1892 – Reddick Percy
  5. FreeBMD5: Births Mar 1895 – Reddick Sydney
  6. FreeBMD6: Births Sep 1904 – Reddick Ernest Arthur
  7. FreeBMD7: Deaths Dec 1908 – Reddick Stanley
  8. FreeBMD8: Births Jun 1911 – Reddick Eva Mary

Surrey Parish Records

  1. SurreyParish1: Marriage of Arthur Reddeck [sic] and Eliza Partridge, 13 November [sic] 1888, Leatherhead. Although the month of the marriage has been transcribed as November, it is incomplete on the image, and the height of the ascender visible suggests the month is actually October, particularly when compared with the previous page of the register where there is another October marriage recorded.
  2. SurreyParish2: Baptism of Stanley Reddick, 6 April 1890, Leatherhead. (subscription required)
  3. SurreyParish3: Baptism of Percy Reddick, 28 February 1892, Leatherhead. (subscription required)
  4. SurreyParish4: Baptism of Sidney [sic] Reddick, 14 April 1895, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  5. SurreyParish5: Baptism of Ernest Arthur Reddick, 18 September 1904, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  6. SurreyParish6: Burial of Stanley Reddick, 9 December 1908, Ashtead. (subscription required)
  7. SurreyParish7: Baptism of Eva Mary Reddick, 14 May 1911, Ashtead. (subscription required)

Censuses

  1. Census1901: RG 13/582 Folio 25 Page 3 Schedule Number 24 – Reddick household, Otway Road, Ashtead
  2. Census1911: RG 14/2950 RG 78/102 Registration District 31 Subdistrict 2 Enumeration District 3 Schedule Number 226 – Reddick household, Ottways Lane, Ashtead

The Ringing World

  1. RW1: 26 December 1913, p416
  2. RW2: 14 August 1914, p99
  3. RW3: 4 December 1914, p299 (or p735 in PDF version)

Military records

  1. MIC: Medal card of Reddick, Sydney
  2. BWM&VMRoll: WO 329/1905 – 1st London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) other ranks, British War Medal and Victory Medal p601 page image here.
  3. SDGW: Soldiers Died in the Great War: Reddick, Sydney originally published by the War Office the link is to an online version hosted by ancestry.co.uk for which a subscription is required
  4. ServiceRecEAM: British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 Record for Edward Arthur Mead, WO 363 hosted by ancestry.co.uk (subscription required). Mead is listed on the same page of the medal roll as Reddick. While Reddick’s service record does not survive, Mead’s allows us to reconstruct some of the wartime history of this group of men. In particular his “Casualty Form – Active Service” shows that Mead was posted to 30 Infantry Base Depot (IBD) on arrival in France, and then posted directly to 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. The Royal Fusiliers had no Territorial Force (TF) battalions, an though most terms of service had been equalised by this stage of the war, TF men generally
    had to remain in TF units. The London Regiment was an all TF unit, and many of its battalions were affiliated to the Royal Fusiliers (aka the City of London Regiment). In order to maintain his TF status, this batch of men were put on the books of 1st (City of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) for records purposes, but saw active service only with 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
  5. TFRenumber: This article from The Long, Long Trail explains how the 1917 renumbering of the Territorial Force was applied to infantry units.
  6. WarDiary1: WO 95/2644/1 – War Diary 26 battalion, Royal Fusiliers: May 1916-October 1917. Available for download as part of parent piece WO 95/2644 (fee payable).
  7. WarDiary2: WO 95/4243 – War Diary 26 battalion, Royal Fusiliers: November 1917 – February 1918. Not available for download.
  8. WarDiary3: WO 95/2644/2 – War Diary 26 battalion, Royal Fusiliers: March 1918-September 1919. Available for download as part of parent piece WO 95/2644 (fee payable).
  9. CWGC1: Casualty details – Reddick, Percy, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  10. CWGC2: Casualty details – Reddick, Sydney, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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