Richard Lydekkar b 1849 d 1915 m Lucy Davys 1861 - 1915
John Lydekkar b 1850 d 1935 m Mary D Bedrord 1855 1947
Arthur Lydekker b 1853 d 1935 m Julia Mabel Durnford 1861 1952
Edgar Lydekker b 1864 d 1939 m Flora Cassidy Buckton 1865 Edgar was a solicitor.
Richard was in India at the time of his father's death. He returned home to the Lodge in 1882 and took up his position as head of the family.
Shortly afterwards he married Lucy Davys, the elder daughter of the Rector of Wheathampstead. Both Lucy and Richard died in 1915
They had five children, Helen, born in 1883, Beatrice in 1884, Hilda in 1886, Gerard in 1887 and Cyril in 1889.
Richard's family after the wedding of Beatrice and Ernest Clutterbuck in 1915. On the left Cyril and Helen; on the right Hilda and Gerard. The man next to Ernest Clutterbuck is unidentified. Cyril and Gerard both died in the First World War
LHS archive, cat.no. LHS 004521 http://www.harpenden-history.org.uk
Richard and Lucy Lydekke's children
Helen Margaret Lydekkar b 1863 d 1956
Beatrice Cornelia Lydekker b 1884 d 1970 m Ernest Charles Clutterbuck in 1915 4th East Anglia Artillery in WWI. He was a mining Engineer. They had two children
Robert Gerard Clutterbuck b 24th October 1919 He died in 2012
Cornelia Marianne Clutterbuck b 27 July 1916 She died in 1987
Hilda Lucy Lydekker b 1806 d 1967
Gerard Owen Lydekker b 1857 d 1917
Cyril Richard Lydekker b 1889 d 1915
Ernest Clutterbuck was a well respected professional who by the accounts written by a relative treated his family quite badly. He was famous for cataloguing the dinosaurs in the National History Muesum.
|Ronald G Clutterbuck|
Joined the military
|Medal or Award:||Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
Temporary Captain Mentioned in Despatches 1945 Twice
He was a Graduate of the Staff College Camberley or Quetta and a Major in 1952
General Staff Officer 2nd Grad for Military Intelligence at the War Office in 1956
|Period:||Second World War|
|Title:||Captain Robert Clutterbuck, Adjutant|
|Classification:||1st Battalion - Europe 1942 onwards|
|Period:||Post 2nd World War, up to amalgamation with the Kings Regiment (Liverpool)|
|Title:||Major Robert Clutterbuck inspecting the Sarawak Rangers|
|Classification:||1st Battalion Malaya 1951 - 1954|
|Inspecting troops in Malaya|
LYDEKKER Gerard Owen, Lieutenant & Quartermaster 1/5 Bedfordshire Regiment
He was born at The Lodge, Harpenden on 20 December 1887, the elder son of Richard and Lucy Lydekker. He died in Alexandria on 14 June 1917 of an illness contracted on active service.
From the War Diary regarding camp Sheikh Abbas Camp During June they did a lot of training.
Myasthenia Gavis - In 1917 medicine knowledge was nothing like it is today, the medical staff must have been very skilled to be able to determine the cause of his death.
It is a neuromuscular disease which is either autoimmune or congenital, and it is relative rare. The onset of the disorder can be sudden. Often, symptoms are intermittent. The diagnosis of myasthenia gravis may be delayed if the symptoms are subtle or variable. In most cases, the first noticeable symptom is weakness of the eye muscles. In others, difficulty in swallowing and slurred speech may be the first signs.
LYDEKKER Cyril Richard Lieutenant 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment
He was born at The Lodge, Harpenden, the younger son of Richard Lydekker, Esq. and Lucy his wife.
He was educated at Haileybury College. He was killed in action at Sulva, Gallipoli, on 15 August 1915, and is commemorated at the AZMAK Cemetery at Sulva.
According to Captain Webster's 1935 history of the battalion, 26 officers and 750 ranks left England in July 1915, with 231 officers and 4,939 ranks reinforcing the battalion during the war.
17 officers and 202 ranks were killed, 29 officers and 660 ranks were wounded, with 1 officer and 10 ranks being taken prisoner.
Sickness accounted for the largest percentage of casualties by far, totalling 116 officers and 4,125 ranks.
The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further troops were put ashore at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts.
The aim of the Suvla force had been to quickly secure the sparsely held high ground surrounding the bay and salt lake, but confused landings and indecision caused fatal delays allowing the Turks to reinforce and only a few of the objectives were taken with difficulty.
With Hill 10 Cemetery, Azmak recalls the northern part of the Suvla operations and the attempts to take and hold the Kiretch Tepi ridge and the high ground to the east. The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites in the area and from the following smaller cemeteries:- Dublin (from the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers); Sulajik; 5th Norfolk (under the foothills of Tekke Tepe, where some of the 1st/5th Norfolks, who fell on the 12th August, were buried); Borderers' Ravine; Oxford Circus; Worcester (from the 4th Worcesters); Kidney Hill; Irish; Azmak Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Jephson's Post (named after Major J. N. Jephson, attd. 6th Royal Munster Fusiliers who was mortally wounded capturing the position on the 15th August); Essex Ravine; Hill 28; and Lone Tree Gully.
There are now 1,074 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 684 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate by name a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Also among the unidentified graves are those of 114 officers and men of the 1st/5th Bn. Norfolk Regiment (which contained the Sandringham Company) who died on 12 August 1915.
- Date of Death:
- Bedfordshire Regiment
- 5th Bn.
- Grave Reference:
- Special Memorial 14.
- AZMAK CEMETERY, SUVLA
|Looking down from Suvla|
|British Base Camp Suvla|
Some Turkish Photos
Fatigue parties resting, Suvla Bay. Shipping in background.
5 Ağustos 1915. / Brigade Gully, foothills of Kiretch Tepe Sirt,
looking towards Suvla Bay. It w3as here that a successful attack
was made by three battalions of the 162nd Infantry Brigade, 15th August, 1915.
19/20 December Suvla Bay evacuation gathered materials for the condition, by the way, you can see the shadow of the man who took the photo. /Evacuation of Suvla and ANZAC, 19th/20th December 1915. Stores at Suvla Point,
Cyril Richard Lydekker
Enlisted in the 5th Battalion and gained appointment as a Lieutenant 29th August 1914.
1/5th Battalion Territorial Force
04.08.1914 Stationed at Bedford as part of the East Midland Brigade of the East Anglian Division.
Aug 1914 Moved to Romford and then Bury St. Edmunds.
May 1915 Moved to St. Albans and the formation became the 162nd Brigade of the 54th Division.
26.05.1915 Mobilised for war and embarked for Gallipoli from Plymouth via Mudros.
11.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
He was killed 15th August 1915 at Galliopoli
He was awarded the Star Medal, Victory and British War Medals.