Caddick, Enoch

Enoch Caddick was named on the St. Ethelwold’s Church Roll of Honour which is in the Lady Chapel to the left of the Alter. However he is not on any other local memorial i.e. Connah’s Quay/Shotton or Hawarden.

There is no Flintshire WW1 Index Card, neither “Fallen” nor “Living”, but someone put his name forward to the St. Ethelwold’s Church Vicar J.J.J. Robinson, as his name was added and the Screen was consecrated by the First Archbishop of St. Asaph at All Saintstide* 1924.

*31st October – 1st November.

Enoch was living in Shotton on the 1911 census and a copy of his obit is in the Newspaper cuttings.  I do think he should be remembered, as he had been in the War Service and then died after.

In the Obituary Column of the Flintshire Observer 7th November 1918 (Page 3 Col 6), was a reference to Enoch:-

“Another Invalided soldier, Mr. Enoch CADDICK residing in Shotton, succumbed last week to the prevailing epidemic*.    The deceased volunteered for service in 1914 and joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers almost at once.    He was in the Galliopli operations, and was invalided home suffering from dysentery.    Sergeant Major LEWIS and a firing party attended the funeral, which took place at the Hawarden Cemetery, and the wreaths were sent from the Discharges Soldiers’ Association and from fellow workmen.”

* He must have died of influenza, as that was raging in Flintshire, especially Deeside in 1918.

St. Deniol’s Church Burials. – Page 48 No. 382 Enoch CADDICK, 59, King Edward Street, Shotton, 30th October 1918 age 33 years.  (Death Cert. Flintshire (Mold)North Wales    HAW/11A/71)

Enoch died after discharge from the Army as he was a member of the Discharged Soldiers Association.   I cannot find Enoch on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.   In his Service records it states that he died on the 26th October 1918.    Enoch died from the effects of his war service, so many men died in Gallipoli from dysentery, if fact more men died of illness than were lost in the fighting in Gallipoli. He would then not be in a healthy state to fight off the flu.  There might be a case for purchasing his death certificate to see what it says, if he died from the effects of his War Service, then he could be put on the CWGC Database as “Coming out of the Cold”.      He deserves this.     I wrote to the CWGC on the 14th October 2015 to see if he could be included.

However Enoch is remembered on the Coseley War Memorial as most of his family were still in Staffordshire, and as stated he was named on the St. Ethelwold’s Church Screen that is situated to the left of the Altar.   This also seems to prove he was a churchgoer in both towns and well thought of.

The War Memorial for Coseley is a Calvary Cross, erected in 1920, which is situated at the east end of Christ Church, Coseley. The memorial commemorates the names of 123 local men who lost their lives in the First World War, including three men who served in the Yorkshire Regiment. One of these men was a chorister of the church who is also commemorated individually inside the church

Enoch was born circa 1885 in Coseley, Staffordshire, the son of William & Eliza Caddick (nee Whitehouse, formerly ?).   Eliza was a widow when she married William with 2 children Clara or Clarissa Elizabeth and Joseph H. Whitehouse in Dudley in the December quarter of 1881 (Dudley Vol 6c, page 55).

On the 1881 census Eliza, 31 and her 2 children, ages 8 and 5, were living at 9, Old Meeting Road, Coseley, Staffs and William, 48, was living at 68, Broad St, Sedgley, Staffs.   William’s 1st wife Sarah had died in the December quarter of 1877, age 42 (Dudley Vol 6c Page 33), leaving him with a family 3 sons, Thomas, 22, David, 20 and William, 8 and a daughter Louisa Ellen age 19, who was his housekeeper.   All the men were Ironworkers.

By the 1891 census William and Eliza had started another family and they were living at number 90, Broad Street, Sedgley, Coseley.  William, 58 was now a Labourer, and all the family had been born in Coseley, Staffs.  Eliza was 42 years old.   The family had grown with David Caddick, 30, a Labourer, William Caddick, 16, Joseph Whitehouse, 15, all single.   Two daughter, Florie, 8, Beatrice, 7 and 3 sons, Enoch, 6, Harold, 3 and Harry, 1.

The family had moved by the 1901 census, now living at 4, Yew Tree Lane, Sedgley, William, now 64 was a Labourer (Iron), Eliza was now 50.   Son David, 33 was a Labourer in the Foundry, Betsy Eliza, 17 was a Domestic Servant, Enoch, 15 was a Moulder (Iron), Harold, 13 and George Harry, 10 completed the family.

1911 sees Enoch, 27 now a boarder living in Shotton, at 59, King Edward Street*, Shotton, with the Plant family, Samuel & Jane Plant and their 3 daughters and another boarder, William Phillips.   There was an Alice Bullock, a sister to Jane, single and age 21.   All of the occupants had been born in Staffordshire.

* This is the address that was given on his burial entry in the St. Deniol’s Church Parish Registers

According to Enoch’s Attestation on his Army Service Records, he enlisted at Wrexham on the 12th August, 1914, he was 29 years and 4 months and he was living in Lodgings.   He was an Ironworker and unmarried.

Enoch’s description was : – Height 5 feet 8 inches.

Weight:- 139 lbs

Chest Measurement when fully expanded:- 36 and 1/2 inches. Range of expansion:- 3 and 1/2 inches.

Complexion:- Dark

Eyes:- Blue.

Hair:- Brown.

Church of England.

Scar RT Centre Upr. Chest.?

Form signed at Wrexham 12th August 1914

His Military History Sheet.:- Home – British From:- 12th August 1914 to 27th June 1915 = 320 days.

Med. X. Forces:- 38th June 1915 to 11th November 1915 = 137 days.

Home – British:- 12th November 1915 to 14th August 1916.= 277 days. Total 2 years 2 months.

Campaigns:- Med Ex. Force. 28th June 1915 to 11th November 1915

Wounded:- Dardanelles Aug. 1915 (Shell Shock)

Effects of wounds:-  Otitis Media (Supp.)*

Enoch’s Mother’s address is written on these, but not her name, however the address was 6, Yew Tree Lane, Coseley, Stafford.

* Infection of the middle ear, usually accompanied by headaches and fever.

Discharged  No longer physically fit for War Service, Para 392 ( xvi) K.R.  14th August 1916.

Next Paper:-  No name on this paper:- Re Invalid Board:-

Man cannot be traced for interim award :- 21st February 1917.

Report of Med. Board 2nd March 1917 Prevents 1/2 earnings 24/- :- Date stamped 21st March 1917.

More written about awards etc., but written then was “Memo from P10 man died 26th October 1918”.

Enoch Caddick in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that although he was apart from his family, they were close to his heart : – On the 27th November 1919 his War Gratuity of £8. 10s 0d was divided equally between his 6 Legatees, £1. 8s 4d each :- Brothers Harold, and George H., Half-brother Joseph H., Sisters Florence E., Mrs.Beatrice E. Nock and Half-sister Clarissa E. Huckinbottam (sic) (real name Hickinbottom).

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