Private, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Born: July 2nd 1876
Died: May 7th 1915
Age at Death: 38
Killed in action, Ypres, France, May 7th 1915
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Stephen Yiduo Chen (Sc. 2011-2016).
Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
Father - Brevet Colonel William Louis (sometimes transcribed as Lewis) Clinton Baddeley, R.E. (BC - Boarded with Vice-Principal 1864-1868), b. 16 Oct 1850, Cawnpore, Bengal, India, d.1936.
RMA Woolwich 1871, Royal Engineers 1872-73. Col. Baddeley retired 1907.
Mother - Catherine Elizabeth Daniell, b. 26 Feb 1848, Mazagon, Bycullah, Bombay, India, d.1897
Registration details: Mrs Baddeley, 24 Oriental Place, Brighton
Mrs West 10 Montpelier Terrace. Later address Ilfracombe, Devon.
Edward had previously signed up with with Imperial Regular Forces with his brother Charles Arthur Hamilton Clinton Baddeley on 4th July 1900. Charles was killed at the Battle of Spionkopp in South Africa.
THE LONDON GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 1902.
The West India Regiment, Second Lieutenant Edward C. Baddeley is removed from the Army, His Majesty having no further occasion for his services. Dated 17th September, 1902.
Military Service- Service Number: 51085
Force: Army Unit: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
A waiter by trade, he enlisted in the CEF on 9 Feb 1915 in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England (conflicts with more in-depth research below). His original overseas unit was the 30th Battalion; he joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in March 1915. His next-of-kin was listed as Mrs. E.R. Hughes of Montgomery Apartments, Portland, Oregan, USA. Private Baddeley went missing, and was presumed killed in action at Bellewaerde Lake, in Belgium.
Private Edward Clinton Baddeley is commemorated on Page 4 of Canada's First World War Book of Remembrance. (Source: findagrave.com)
BADDELEY Edward Clinton Private 51085
Born in Strabane Co. Tyrone Ire.July 1878 (this conflicts with his BC registration date and ancestry records)
Served with the Imperial Light Yeomanry: 5 years with the 4th Bn.Railway Pioneers, earned the South Africa Medal with 3 bars with the Royal Canadian Regiment. Employed as a writer and was a member of the militia 88th Victoria Fusiliers. Enlisted in the 30th Bn. 6 Nov 1914. He transferred to the 1st PPCLI Reinforcement Draft 1 Jan 1915, arriving in Eng. in late Jan 1915. Crossed to France 1 Mar 1915. Joined the PPCLI in the St. Eloi Sector 16 Mar 1915, shortly after the German capture of the Mound at St. Eloi. General action: 2nd Battle of Ypres, General action, Battle of Frezenberg, reported missing in action during the fighting on Bellewaerde Ridge 8 May 1915 age 36.
(Source: ivorie-samhoir, RootsWeb, ancestry.com)
Further information on the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is available here.
Private Edward Clinton Baddeley (School House 1889-1893)
Edward Baddeley was born in Madras, India on July 2nd 1876. He was the second son of Colonel William Baddeley OB and his wife Catherine (nee Daniell), whose elder son, Charles was killed in the Boer War. Details about his time at the College are scarce, although it appears that for a brief period his mother may have resided in Brighton and then elsewhere in Britain while her son was a pupil at the College, although she certainly then returned to India where she was to die in 1897. Baddeley did not join the army immediately after leaving school but did receive a commission in the Imperial Regular Forces in 1900 to fight alongside his brother in the Boer War. He served in the West India Regiment and later received a commission in the Railway Pioneers, from which he was discharged in September 1902 following the end of the Boer War, the London Gazette announcing that ‘Edward C Baddeley is removed from the Army, His Majesty having no further occasion for his services.’ He emigrated to Western Canada at some point between 1902 and 1914 where he appears to have been a waiter.
Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 he apparently enlisted as a private in the 30th Battalion Canadian Regiment. Why he did not become an officer, which his prior service record would suggest, is a mystery. In March 1915 he was sent as a replacement draft to France fought at the Battle of Frezenberg, the first major action involving the PPCLI in the dying stages of the Second Battle of Ypres. On 8 May 1915 he was reported missing following fighting in the Bellewaerde Lake area. Intriguingly he listed his next of kin as Mrs ER Hughes of Montgomery Apartments, Portland, Oregon, USA, then actually a neutral country.
Baddeley has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Source: LEST WE FORGET Project, Brighton College 2014-15