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This posting has been prepared by volunteer, Ann Eales.


The WW1 Blog entry for WJ Beddows includes mention of a scrap book of WW1 newspaper cuttings at Wolverhampton Archives from 1914 -1915 containing the following article

Wolverhampton Sportsmen on Active Service. A large number of the members of the Wolverhampton Cricket Club, South Staffs Golf Club and Penn Golf Club are now on active service. WJ Beddows a Lt in the Royal Field Artillery and his brother EC Beddows a Lt in the RAMC. The latter was in the retreat from Mons.

This mention of EC Beddows led to some  more research.

In the SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 29 MARCH, 1915. 3097, is an entry about EC Beddows :


Royal Army Medical Corps

The undermentioned Lieutenants to be Captains : —

Dated 30th March, 1915.

There follows a long list of names, including “Edward C Beddows”

In the SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 JULY, 1918. 8132, is mention of the MC being awarded to “Capt. Edward C. Beddows, M.C. 25th Feb. 1918.”

The 1891, 1901 and 1911 census records for the Beddows family are set out in the WW1 Blog entry for WJ Beddows. By the time of the 1911 census, WJ Beddows age 28 was a Timber Merchants assistant, living with his parents, and his 2 brothers, Edward Charles age 24 was a medical student, and George Frederick age 23 was a Timber Merchants assistant.

An obituary for E. C. BEDDOWS, O.B.E., M.C., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., published on page 1166 of the British Medical Journal for November 8 1958, which was found on line, reads as follows:-

Brigadier E. C. Beddows, who had had a distinguished career in the R.A.M.C., died at Gullane, East Lothian, on October 3. He was 72 years of age.

Edward Charles Beddows was born at Wolverhampton on April 27, 1886, and studied medicine at Birmingham, qualifying M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1911. After qualification he held house appointments at Birmingham General Hospital before entering the R.A.M.C. as a lieutenant in 1913. Serving in France throughout the first world war, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1915, and in the same year was mentioned in dispatches. Between the two world wars he served in India, Gibraltar, and Shanghai, as well as at home. By the time the second world war broke out in 1939 he had attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and was with the British Expeditionary Force in France soon after the war began. Later he took part in the landings in Italy and Sicily. Promoted colonel in 1940, he was assistant director of medical services at No. 6 Base Area in 1943-4; deputy director of medical services for the North Africa District in 1944-5; and assistant director of medical services for the Berlin District in 1945-6. He was wounded at Bari in 1943.

He was appointed O.B.E. in 1944 for distinguished services in Italy, and an Officer of the Legion of Merit of the United States of America in 1947.

When he retired in 1946 he was granted the honorary rank of brigadier. He leaves a widow.

He may have married in Scotland, whose records are not available on FreeBMD, and no information as to any children of the marriage has been traced.