Full name: Thomas Head Raddall
Born: December 9, 1876 in Farnborough, Hampshire, Great Britain
Died: August 9, 1918 in near MÃ©haricourt, Somme, France
Affiliations: Army School of Musketry, Hythe (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Thomas Raddall left school at the age of 15 and worked as a clerk but, just six weeks before his 16th birthday, became a âboy soldierâ, joining the Royal Marines at Gosport. By the time he was 25, he had been promoted to sergeant before a transfer to the Musketry School, because of his talent as an excellent shot. During his time at the school he took part in many Army championships and was a regular competitor at Bisley.
In 1913 Raddall took up a position with the Canadian Militia until 1914 when he was commissioned into the 8th battalion, Canadian Infantry and was sent to serve in France. He was injured during the Second Battle of Ypres and sent back to Canada to recover but, later that same year he was back on the front line at his own insistence. He was later promoted to lieutenant-colonel and was awarded the DSO for bravery and outstanding service. The commanding officer of the Manitoba Regiment at the time, Raddall was killed when caught in machine gun fire during the Battle of Amiens in 1918. In one of Raddallâs last letters home to his family, he told his son, also Thomas Head Raddall, to âstrive to make a name for yourselfâ. He did just that, becoming one of Canadaâs best known historical fiction authors.
|1908 Summer||31||London||Shooting||Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team||Great Britain||GBR||6|
|1908 Summer||31||London||Shooting||Great Britain||GBR||Final Standings||6||4,355||754|
|1908 Summer||31||London||Shooting||Great Britain||GBR||Standing||NP||999||195|
|1908 Summer||31||London||Shooting||Great Britain||GBR||Kneeling||NP||1,519||246|
|1908 Summer||31||London||Shooting||Great Britain||GBR||Prone||NP||1,837||313|