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.
Edward Charles and William John were grandchildren of William Beddows who founded the firm of William Beddows & Co, Timber Merchants together with the owner of Albrighton Hall in 1864. The company was situated on the canal on the site of the new Horseley Field flats behind the cheese and butter warehouse that still exists. William built a sizeable business that existed until at least 1962. He married Elizabeth Newell from Llanlwchaiarn in Wales, one of four siblings who came to Wolverhampton and sister to John Newell. William and Elizabeth started married life in Coventry Street but went on to build the Beulah Villa in Tettenhall that is shown on contemporary maps.
In the SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 29 MARCH, 1915. 3097, is an entry about EC Beddows :
ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE
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.
Brigadier Edward Charles Beddows was commanding officer of the British Military Hospitals in Bareilly, India from 1937 to 1938, Nowshera (now Pakistan) from 1938 to 1939 and Lichfield in 1939. He was commanding officer of the 6th Casualty Clearing Station from 1939 to 1940 and the 31st General Hospital from 1940 to 1941. He became Deputy Director Medical Services British troops in Northern Ireland from 1941 to 1943. In 1946 he married Charlotte Rankin Maule Watson Stevenson, a well documented national golf player for Scotland, in Birkenhead.