Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Major Andrew Roddick, the Essex Yeomanry, was killed in action at Ypres.
Educated at the City of London School, he joined Paget’s Horse and served in the South African Wars. He took part in the relief of Mafeking, operations in the Transvaal and Cape Coloney, and several other actions, for which he was awarded the Queen’s Medal with three clasps. In July of 1901 he was commissioned and joined the Essex Yeomanry.
On the day of his death Major Roddick had been in good spirits and heartily encouraged his men, with whom he was most popular. While leading them in what was described as a desperate attack at Ypres, he was shot through the heart. Major Roddick has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres, and also on the war memorial at Waltham Abbey in Essex.
Andrew, of Waltham Abbey, died on his 42nd birthday.