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All-round sportsman: Robert Collingwood Roddam

All-round sportsman

Those of you who have followed the development of the Breamish Valley War Memorial Project will likely have reviewed the Roll of Honour for the fallen servicemen of the two world wars.

One of the men who was killed in action at the age of just 25 years was Robert Collingwood Roddam.

Robert has a commemorative stained-glass window honouring him in Ingram Church.

His obituary read as follows.

CAPTAIN ROBERT COLLINGWOOD RODDAM, M.C., 3rd (RESERVE) (attd. 1st) BATTN. NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel Roddam John Roddam, of Roddam Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland, and was born there on the 10th January, 1890.

He was educated at Wellington, and began his military career in the 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in 1908, joining, after two years, the 3rd Battalion, commanded then by his father, who now commands the 15th Battalion. He was promoted Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion in December, 1912. At the outbreak of war he immediately returned from Ceylon, to which he had gone, and was sent to the Front as Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion of his Regiment early in December, 1914. His promotion to Captain, to date from February, 1915, was gazetted on the 4th June, 1915.

On the 16th June, 1915, Captain Roddam was commanding the Company on the left of the Battalion’s line in the attack on German trenches at Hooge. He led his Company gallantly and reached the trenches some ten yards ahead of his Company, when he was killed, shot through the head. For his services in the war he was mentioned in Sir John French’s Despatch of the 31st May, 1915, and was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette, 23rd June, 1915).

Captain Roddam was a good all-round sportsman, and his loss was much regretted by his brother officers.

RODDAM Robert Collingwood - newspaper cutting c. IWM

Newspaper obituary: Robert Collingwood Roddam

(Image: Copyright © IWM (HU 125103). Original Source. Used with permission under IWM Non-Commercial Licence.)


Portrait of Robert Collingwood Roddam included in header image is Copyright © IWM (HU 125103). Original Source. Used with permission under IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

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