Private 42270 Harold Caddick

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 21st April 1918, age 19.
Buried in Grave V. B. 1. at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

2nd/6th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 176th Brigade of 59th Division.

Son of Enoch and Alice Caddick, of 59, Oldbury Rd., Greets Green, West Bromwich. Native of Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Smethwick, Resident: West Bromwich.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/93600/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Harold Caddick registered March quarter 1899 at Dudley.

1901 Census
18 Slater Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Enoch Caddick (40, Puncher in Iron Bridge Works, born Dudley), his wife Alice (36, born Birmingham), and their 5 children: Edith A. (8, born Tipton), Marion (6, born Tipton), Frederick E. (15, born Tipton), Isaac A. (3, born Tipton), and Harold (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
18 Slater Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Enoch Caddick (50, Puncher and Shearer, born Dudley), his wife Alice (46, born Birmingham), and their 7 children: Edith Alice (18, Tailoress, born Tipton), Marion (16, Labeller, born Tipton), Frederick Enoch (15, Weigh Clerk, born Tipton), Isaac (13, Junior Clerk, born Tipton), Harold (12, School, born Tipton), Emily (7, School, born Tipton), and Leslie Ernest (3, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Harold's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £8/1/7d (8 pounds, 1 shilling and 7 pence); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Alice, in July 1918 and November 1918. His War Gratuity was £4/10/0d (4 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his mother in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Harold had enlisted in approximately February 1917.

Action resulting in his death

As the German Spring Offensive began on 21st March 1918, the 59th Division were holding the line near Noreuil, 5 miles north east of Bapaume. The village of Noreuil fell and large numbers of men were killed or captured, around 100 men of the 2/6th South Staffs were killed.

On 1st April, the remnants of the Division were moved to Poperinge in Belgium where they received new drafts, moving to the line at Passchendaele before they could be assimilated or trained.

On 13th April, the 2/6th South Staffs were ordered to Westouter as the Battle of the Lys was raging in the area. On 14th April, the Germans launched a major attack near Loker; the enemy broke through and the British line crumbled. Bailleul fell and those remaining of the 59th Division fell back in disarray. Losses had been heavy.

It will never be known for certain, but it is possible that this was the action during which Harold Caddick was wounded. He was treated at the Casualty Clearing Station at Haringhe, but died on 21st April and is buried in Bandaghem Military Cemetery at Haringhe.

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