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Nottingham
He was the son Stephen and Sarah Ann Reddish and the brother of Arthur and Edwin Cullen Reddish. In 1911 they lived at 11 Kirkby Street Arkwright Street Meadows Nottingham. On his attestation papers (14th August 1914) he states his father was living in Montreal, Canada.
In 1911 he was a milk boy.
08 Apr 1915
19
Gunner
Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner Stephen Reddish enlisted at Nottingham on 14th August 1914, he gave his age as 19 yrs and 329 days, his occupation as that of a shop assistant. He was posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery, being posted to 14th Heavy Battery and then, on 9th November 1914, to the 15th Heavy Battery. He was discharged as not physically fit for service due to epilepsy on 13th March 1915. Returning to civilian life, he got a job as a steward on a houseboat. It appears that he had a fit and drowned after falling into the Trent on 8th April 1915. Above details are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Article published in the Nottingham Daily Express dated 12th April 1915 :- “HOUSEBOAT TRAGEDY. “Nottingham Steward's Sad Death at Thrumpton. “A verdict of Accidentally Drowned was returned at the inquest held at Thrumpton on Saturday [10th April 1915] in reference to the death of Stephen Reddish, aged 19, the young Nottingham steward, whose body was recovered from the Trent on Friday. [9th April 1915] “The young man took up his duties as steward on Mr. C. R. Woodward's houseboat at Thrumpton on April 1st. On Thursday morning, a boy who was also sleeping on the boat aroused the deceased at 6.45, and a few minutes later he passed the boy's bunk fully dressed. From that moment he was not again seen until his body was recovered from the river at noon the following day by Police-Constable Reedman. Close to the body a mop was found in the water. “Mr. Woodward told the coroner, Mr. D. Whittingham, that after he engaged the lad, the latter had an epileptic fit and was unconscious about two minutes. Witness spoke to him on the matter, and Reddish replied that he “was growing out of them.” The deceased did not want to leave his situation, and witness advised him to be very careful and rest whenever he felt faint or dizzy.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Stephen Reddish's death was registered at Basford UDC (near Nottingham) A/M/J/1915. There exists no Medal Roll record for this soldier so it must be assumed he died without serving overseas. No CWGC, UKSWD records. This page has been compiled from census and BMD data, David Nunn. Further information added from his army service record (Peter Gillings) Note: there was also Stephen Albert Reddish, another Meadows resident. He served with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). Medal Roll indicates he arrived in theatre (France) 29/8/1915. Stephen Albert Reddish survived the war and died in 1988 aged 93. David Nunn
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