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Richard was born in Preston in 1886 and was the eldest son of Richard and Charlotte Addison (nee Foreman/Forman). Richard`s parents were married on 29 July, 1883 at St. Saviour with St. James Church, Preston.

Richard and Charlotte Addison had another eleven children. The others being Alice A (1883), Margaret Alice (1885), Robert (1889), Lizzie (1892), Betsy Ellen (1894-1894), Archibald (1895), Mary Jane (1898), Betsy Ellen (1900), Frederick (1903), Walter (1904) and Joseph (1906).

In 1901 the family were living at 17 Tennyson Road, Preston. Richard`s father was working as a grinder in the card room of a cotton mill.

According to his service papers Richard married Elizabeth Johnson on the 22 September, 1906 at St. Ignatius RC Church, Preston. On the 20 December, 1907 Richard and Elizabeth had their first child, a daughter and they named her Alice Ann. Eighteen months later she was followed by another daughter Elizabeth who was born on 6 June, 1909.

In 1911 Richard, Elizabeth and their two daughters were living at 9 Hopwood Street, Preston. Richard was working as a lap piercer in a local cotton mill and Elizabeth was at home looking after the two girls. On the 8 May, 1913 a son was born and they named him Richard.

On the 5 September, 1914 Richard went off to enlist at the age of 28 years and 1 month. His occupation at the time was a labourer working for Messrs. Irvin and Sellers a Wood Turning and Shuttle Manufacturers in Preston. Richard confirmed that he had no previous military experience. The Medical Officer noted that he was 5`5” tall and weighed 116 lbs, he had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was posted into ‘C Company’ of the 8th Battalion and allocated the service number 13466.

The 8th Battalion stayed in England for a year training and growing in strength until the 24th September, 1915 when they embarked for France.

Richard was appointed Lance Corporal (paid) on the 11 July, 1916 when the 8th Battalion had been in action on the Somme. The previous day the Battalion had lost a total of 247 Officers and men who had either been killed, wounded or missing in the area around Ovillers.

On the 12 October, 1916 Richard was wounded in action and was admitted to 22 General Hospital with gunshot wounds. The wounds he received resulted in the amputation of one of his legs but sadly he did not recover and he died at 1 a.m. on the morning of the 23 October, 1916.

The following report appeared in the local paper not long after the news of Richard`s death had reached his family in Preston.

addison-news

 

It is not known whether any of Richard`s personal effects were ever returned to his wife Elizabeth and his children in Preston.

Richard was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals for his services to his country and he is buried with honour in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Additional family information

Two of Richard`s brothers also served in WW1.

Robert Addison initially enlisted at Preston on 2 September, 1914. He was given the service number 12815 and posted to the 7th Battalion LNL and passed fit at his medical. However, he was discharged on 1 October, 1914 at Tidworth as “not likely to become an efficient soldier” due to some form of heart problem. At some point after this he enlisted again, this time as 3342 Private Robert Addison 1/8th Battalion Kings Liverpool (Irish) Regiment. Robert embarked for France on 3 May, 1915. On the 27 September, 1916 he was missing in action and later for official purposes was presumed to have died on that date. In January 1917 while he was still officially missing his service number changed to 306157. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

155922 Private Archibald Addison 50th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. (Previously 1945 Loyal North Lancs Regiment.) Archibald entered France on the 5 December, 1915. According to the CWGC website Archibald died on 12 October, 1918. He is buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay, Nord, France. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Unfortunately no further information is available.

Photo taken April 2018

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 13466
Date of Death: 23/10/1916
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “C” Coy. 8th Bn.
Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

Janet Davis

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Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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One Response to 13466 LCPL. R. ADDISON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Richard Addison says:

    Thank you so much for your work.This hero is my great grandad!The only info i had prior to seeing your site was that his name is on the Preston roll of honour.so to find not only masses of info but a photo as well is just fantastic.myself and my family are so grateful thank you. Richard Addison

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