This is a continuation of the Eddowes family – I have already written about the father, Surgeon Major William Eddowes.
William Black was only two years old when his father died in January 1880 in Dublin. Eight months after her husband’s death, his young widow, Grace, gave birth to their second son, Henry Cyril. Later, Grace and the boys settled in Bedford.
Having been brought up on stories of their father’s valour, it was inevitable that both boys would choose military careers. After graduating from Cambridge, William Black Eddowes joined the Manchester Regiment in 1899 and fought in more campaigns than you could shake a sabre at. Eddowes’ first posting was in Gibraltar, followed by South Africa where he fought in the Boer War until 1903. Recovering from his wounds, the recently-promoted Captain soldiered on to the Straits Settlements, arriving in Singapore in 1903.
Another article in The Digging up the Raj Series >>