1891 to 3 September 1916
Captain EDMUND HILTON DADD was killed in action on 3 September 1916.
He served with the Queens Westminster Rifles and in November 1915 he was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He won a posthumous Military Cross after taking command of his company when the senior officer was wounded and beating off an enemy attack.
The poet Robert Graves was of course also in the RWF and in Goodbye to all that describes the singing prowess of the members of the ‘A’ company mess – “they had all been in choirs except Dadd who sang like a crow”.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
He was born in Lewisham in 1891 the son of Stephen Thomas Dadd and his wife Eva. His father was a painter who specialised in pictures of dogs. The family lived in St Margaret’s Road, Brockley and then in Sunderland Road, Forest Hill. Edmund was educated at Aske’s Hatcham School in New Cross. Before enlisting Edmund pursued a career in commerce, joining a city bank. His brother Stephen was killed in 1915 while serving with the Royal Naval Division in Gallipoli.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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