Capt. R.C. Roddam

Robert Collingwood Roddam, Captain, 3rd, attached 1st, Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, only son of Lieut. Colonel Roddam John Roddam, O.B.E., of Roddam, co. Northumberland, J.P., B.A., late commanding 3rd Northumberland Fusiliers, by his wife, Helen Fredericka, of Roddam Halt, Alnwick, and Greenfield House, Powburn, Northumberland,

youngest daughter of Captain Alexander Taubman Goldie, of The Hermitage, Isle of Man, late R.N.; born Roddam Hall, near Alnwick, 10th January 1890; educated Wellington College; joined the 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (T.F.) as 2nd Lieutenant in August 1908; transferred to the 3rd Special Reserve, commanded by his father, in 1910, and was promoted Lieutenant 2nd December 1912. He was in Ceylon when war broke out; returned to England at once and joined his battalion in September, went to France in December as Lieutenant and was attached to the 1st Battalion and promoted Captain; and was killed in action at Hooge, 16th June 1915, gallantly leading his Company in an attack on the German trenches; He remained unmarried and was buried there.

His Colonel, later, Brig, General Ainslie, wrote: “He will be a great loss as an officer, in fact I know of no one who shaped better or showed more soldier like qualities. Over and over again he has been in very nasty situations and every time he has come out smiling, and kept his end up splendidly. It will be a consolation to you to know what a tip-top officer he was.”

Captain Roddam was awarded the Millitary Cross [London gazette, 23rd June 1915] for gallantry with the handful of men in the advanced trench left capable, after having had their trench mined as St. Eloi, 14th April; and was mentioned in F.M. Sir John, Later Lord, French’s Despatch of 31st May [London Gazette, 22nd June], 1915, for gallant and distinguishable service in the field.

 

Roll of Honour

Alnmouth Golf Club 1914-1918

   Captain R. C.  Roddam M. C.

3rd battn. Northumberland  Fusiliers