REDDROP, Dudley Reginald Thomas

1915 - 1999

Dudley Reginald Thomas Reddrop, was born at Caversham, Reading, Berkshire on 21 January 1915, son of Reginald Tom Reddrop, a bank clerk, and his wife Marion née Lukes, who married at St Austell, Cornwall in 1910 and in 1911 were living at 'Hillbraw', Harrogate Road, Caversham. Dudley's father was killed in action on 14 August 1916, aged just 32 and in 1932 his widowed mother Marion (9 December 1881-1960) was living at 17 Flats, Florida Court, Reading, Berkshire. Dudley was a member of the 4th Battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the author of a typed record 'A Wartime Log for British Prisoners', written by Captain Dudley Reginald Thomas Reddrop which is a biographical record of his war, starting with mobilisation in August 1939, his capture just before Dunkirk, then a large gap until after D-Day and finally his release in 1945. He married at Romsey, Hampshire in 1954, Elisabeth H. Lewis. Listed as a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1958 but no references to him are in the exhibition catalogues. He died at New Forest, Hampshire on 14 June 1999.