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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
06 Mar 1889
Shireoakes, Nottinghamshire
John was born on 6th March 1889 in Retford and was the son of Robert a colliery manager and Elizabeth Vessey Eddison (nee Radley) they had seven children . In the 1901 census John can be found as pupil 12 years of age , boarding at Stancliffe Hall preparatory school, Darley, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census the family are living at Mount Vernon, Retford. Robert is now retired and his wife and five children are at the address, sons Jarvis Radley, Robert Edwin and John Radley and two daughters Mary and Lesley. Also at the address are four female servants.
He was educated at Giggleswick School, Settle Yorkshire and then went to Germany for a year and on his return went to Pembroke College Cambridge where he achieved his degree. While at Cambridge he joined the Officer Training Corps. His first employment was as a junior master at New Beacon School ,Sevenoaks, Kent
21 Apr 1915
26
154984 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
John was gazetted into the Sherwood Foresters 14th October 1914. He went to France 25th February 1915. Served in France and Flanders and was killed in action, being shot through the body while superintending repairs of wire entanglements at Kemmel. Died 21st April 1915. Age 26. Buried/Commemorated : Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium. Row L, Grave 15.
Lieut. J R Eddison Worksop Guardian 30 April 1915 A member of another well-known family has died for his country in the person of Second-Lieut. John Ridley Eddison, 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Robert Eddison, Mount Vernon, Retford, formerly of Shireoaks, Worksop. In September last, Lieut. Eddison was gazetted to the 8th Notts and Derby Regiment. He met his death on April 21st, whilst supervising the repair of wire entanglements at night, and was killed instantly. Lieut. Col. Fowler has written a letter to the parents, sympathising with them in the loss of a gallant son, and the sympathy of their many friends will be joined to that of the gallant Commander of the Regiment. Lieut. Eddison was born on March 6th 1889. He was educated at Giggleswick School, Settle, Yorkshire. From there he went to Germany for a year, and thence to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took second class honours in the history tripos and his B.A. degree. Whilst there, he joined the O.T.C. He afterwards went to France for a year, with the object of becoming a language master. His first and only experience was a junior master in the new Beacon School, Sevenoaks, Kent. He joined the Army on the outbreak of war, and has died fighting for his country. Ordsall St Alban's parish magazine, May 1915: 'Three young soldiers from the parish – Private E Heeds, Private A Frary, Lieutenant J Eddison - have fallen in battle.' (Retford Local Studies Library, ref 942.52 ORD)
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John Radley Eddison - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photograph of John Radley Eddison is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment roll of honour website.
    John Radley Eddison - Photograph of John Radley Eddison is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment roll of honour website.