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Robert Collingwood Roddam, MC, MID

Photo:
(none)

Service No:
Officer

Rank:
Captain

Regiment:
Northumberland Fusiliers, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion attached to 1st Battalion

Died:
(unknown)

Aged:
25

Commemorated / Buried:
Ieper (Menin Gate) Memorial

Service History:
Joined up as 2nd Lieutenant in August 1908 & transferred to the 3rd Special Reserve, commanded by his father, in 1910. In 1911, Roddam, now 21, was living at Talavara Barracks, Area 11c, Wellington Lines, Aldershot, serving with the same battalion. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 2 December 1912. Roddam was in Ceylon at the outbreak of war but immediately retued to England to & join his battalion, before going to France. Mentioned in a despatch by Field Marshal Sir John French on 31 May 1915 for gallant & distinguished service in the field. 'Mentioned in Despatches' & awarded a Military Cross. On 16 June 1915 Roddam was leading 'Y' Company at Hooge, Belgium in an attack on the German front line at Bellewaarde. He was injured in action & taken to a dressing station, but died shortly afterwards. He was buried on 17 June 1915 & a cross placed on the grave. Unfortunately the grave was later lost.

Background:
Born on 10 January 1890 at Ilderton, Northumberland, the only son of Lieutenant Colonel Roddam John Roddam O.B.E. (b.1857 in Scotland) & his wife Helen Fredericka (b.1858 on the Isle of Man). Family residences were Roddam Hall & Green(s)field House, Powburn. Roddam had one older sister, Olive M.R. (b.1885 in Surrey). 1891 census records him, age one, living with his parents & sister Olive, age 6, at Roddam Hall. The family employed 4 house servants. Educated at Wellington College.

Local memorial:
Kotmale War Memorial. St Bartholomew's Church, Whittingham Roll of Honour. Whittingham & Callaly 1914-1918 Memorial Stone. Memorial window to Robert on the south side of St Michael’s Church, Ingram.