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Walter Douglas Lidderdale

Born: January 6, 1876
Kensington, London, England
Died: December 1952
Sherborne, Dorset, England
Elizabeth Thielcke
c1813 - 1879
Mary Martha Busk
21 Feb 1843 - 1924
Wadsworth Dawson Busk
c1804 - 1873
Elizabeth Wright
1745 - 1823
William Lidderdale
04 Jul 1832 - 26 Jun 1902
John Lidderdale
18 Apr 1782 - 4 Jan 1845



Jane Martin Selby-Lowndes

Marriage: January 3, 1923, Kensington, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England

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Always called by his second name Douglas, he was born 6 Jan 1876 and died Dec 1952. He began by ranching in Texas in 1899. In 1903 he moved to South Africa and farmed in the Orange Free State, near the Basutoland Border. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he sold his farm and joined the Natal Carbineers, with whom he served in the occupation of German South West Africa, attaining the rank of sergeant. At the end of that campaign he returned to England and after attending OCTU was commissioned into the Dorset Yeomanry. He joined that regiment in Egypt (being then in his 41st year) and took part with them in 1916-1918 in their campaign against the Turks in Palestine and Syria.

He took part in their (mounted) charges at El Xughar, Abu Shusheh and Er Remte, in the last of which he gained the Military Cross. He rose to be a squadron commander, with the rank of Captain. After the war he continued to serve with them as a territorial until 1934, when he retired with a brevet as a Lieutenant-Colonel, having been awarded the O.B.E.

After the war he returned to England and for the rest of his life lived and worked on the Sherborne Castle estate (the incumbent of which had been one of his fellow officers). After a few years of farming he became one of the several agents involved in the administration of that estate, in which capacity he was active until a few days before his death. Becoming a J.P. and being involved in a great number of local activities, he became a popular and much respected figure in the neighbourhood and a large congregation attended his memorial service in Sherborne Abbey.

He married January 3, 1925, Jane, daughter of David Martin of County Down and widow, S. P., of Cecil Selby Lowndes, They had no children.

Reprinted from:
• Lidderdale, Robert Halliday, An Account of the Lowland Scots Family of Lidderdale, 1950.
• Lidderdale, Halliday Adair, The Descendants of John Lidderdale 1783-1845, 1988, unpublished manuscript.

Douglas qualified for the British Army's 1914-15 Star for his service as Sergeant, Natal Carbineers, Dorset Yeomanry, S.W. Africa, on Dec. 11, 1914. The 1914-15 Star is the British World War I medal for those who saw service between August 5, 1914 and December 31, 1915. The medal was issued named, with the recipient's details impressed on the star's reverse. All recipients of this medal also received the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Approximately 2,366,000 of the 1914-15 Star medals were issued.

1881 England Census
Dwelling: 23 Cambridge Sq.
Census Place: St. John, Paddington, London, England
Public Record Office Reference: RG 11/17 page 15.
Name Relationship Marital
 Age   Sex  Occupation Birthplace
William Ledderdale Head Married 48 M India & China Merchant Emp 4 women (British Subject), Russia
Mary M. Ledderdale Wife Married 38 F   (British Subject), Russia
Mary L. Ledderdale Daughter   8 F Scholar London, Middlesex, England
Evelyn H. Ledderdale Daughter   7 F   London, Middlesex, England
Walter D. Ledderdale Son   5 M   London, Middlesex, England
Constance M. Ledderdale Daughter   3 F   London, Middlesex, England
Henry M. Ledderdale Son   1 M   London, Middlesex, England
Emily Billery Serv Unmarried 31 F Under Nurse Aston Clinton, Buckingham, England
Elizabeth Cannon Serv Unmarried 53 F Parlormaid Bennington, Hertford, England
Emma Dean Serv Unmarried 43 F Cook Old Newton, Suffolk, England
Margaret Ferguson Serv Unmarried 50 F Head Nurse Scotland
Emma Fisher Serv Unmarried 19 F Kitchenmaid Redlingfield, Suffolk, England
Mary E. Lenthwell Serv Unmarried 28 F Under Nurse Winchester, Hampshire, England
Ann Wright Serv Unmarried 34 F Housemaid Nuneaton, Warwick, England
1891 England Census
Dwelling: Southgate Rd
Census Place: Winchester, St. Michael, Hampshire, England
Public Record Office Reference: RG 12/937 pages 23-24
Name Relationship Marital
 Age   Sex  Occupation Birthplace
Edward W. Lidderdale Visitor Single 21 M Student Paddington, London, England
Walter D. Lidderdale Boarder Single 15 M Scholar London, Middlesex, England
Church of Latter Day Saints, Genealogical Office (www.familysearch.org)
Birth: Walter Douglas Lidderdale January 6, 1876 Kensington, London, England
Death: Walter Douglas Lidderdale December 1952 Sherborne, Dorset, England
England and Wales General Register Office, England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes
Birth: Walter Douglas Lidderdale Jan - Mar, 1876 Kendal, Lancashire, Westmoreland, England Vol. 10b Page 66a
Marriage: Walter Douglas Lidderdale and Jane E. Selby-Lowndes Jan - Mar 1923 Kensington, Greater London, London, Middlesex, England Vol. 1a Page 177

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