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Waddy, John Raymond

Waddy, John Raymond, B.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., Lieut., R.A.M.C. 2nd son of Lieut.-Col. Waddy, late Commanding 2nd Somerset L.I., and grandson of Gen. Sir Richard Waddy, K.C.B., 50th Regt.; born Weston-super-Mare, co. Somerset, 15 Feb. 1888; educ. Clifton College, Pembroke College, Cambridge, and King's College Hospital; qualified M.R.C.S., and L.R.C.P. (London) 1912; volunteered on the outbreak of war, and was given a commission as temporary Lieut., R.A.M.C., 11 Aug. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France, and was killed in action by a stray bullet, Bois de Ploegsteert, 17 March, 1915; unmarried. Buried in Somerset Cemetery, Ploegsteert Wood. He was mentioned in F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French's Despatch of 14 Jan. 1915, and was awarded the Military Cross, 18 Feb. 1915. An officer of the Somersets wrote: "We were all'', both officers and men alike, absolutely devoted to him; he was brave as a lion, and always ready to help anybody who needed him; no name will go down in the history of the regt. with more honour than his, for everybody loved him and realised his sterling qualities." And the Chairman of the King's College Hospital: "Both at King's College London and at King's College Hospital, your son was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. As you know, he finished a brilliant career at the hospital by obtaining the senior scholarship of this year, and was forthwith appointed House Surgeon to Professor Sir Watson Cheyne; the latter appointment he fulfilled to the complete satisfaction of his seniors, and during his residence in hospital he considerably enhanced that high reputation he had already gained. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour


First name(s)John Raymond
Date of birth15 February 1888
Place of birthWeston-super-Mare
Family detailsSon of Lt. Col. J. M. E. and Emma Catherine Waddy of Elmswood Haines Hill, Taunton
Previous educationClifton College, Pembroke College, Cambridge
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Medical Science
QualificationsB.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1912
Military unitR.A.M.C. attd. Somerset Light infantry
Date enlisted11 August 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsExpeditionary Force in France
Decorations / medalsMC and Mentioned in Dispatches
Date of death17 March 1915
Age at death27
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathPloegsteert Wood
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placePloegsteert Wood Military Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel, King's College Hospital, Pembroke College Cambridge Roll of Honour

In 1916 Lieut.-Colonel and Mrs Waddy presented to the Medical School the sum of £500 for the purposes of furnishing the Medical School Library and for the erection of a tablet in memory of their son, the late Lieut. John R. Waddy, Military Cross, R.A.M.C. King’s and Some King’s Men Memorial in the Library: John Raymond Waddy, M.C./ House Surgeon 1913-1914 / Lieut. R.A.M.C. / Killed in the Bois de Ploegsteert / March 17th, 1915


SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918

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