He mentions, in the aforesaid memoirs, a Miss ‘Tinna’ Dinsdale a couple of times; this lady, better known to her later friends as Gladys, bravely followed L/Cpl Rydon to England from her home in Queensland during the war. They were married in Lindfield, Sussex, on 14th June 1916 (i.e. on her twenty-first birthday) and Gladys Rydon subsequently became my mother. (The first child of the union was my sister Pamela who was born on the 14th April 1918 in Sussex; I was born in Brisbane, Australia in December 1919, where my parents returned after the war.



They did not stay in Australia long and moved to Kenya where my brother, David, was born in 1921. The climate of the Kenyan highlands did not agree with my mother, however, and my parents moved south to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) where they became coffee-farmers and where they remained until their deaths. My mother died in March 1964 and my father in May 1969 in his eightieth year.



A.H.B. Rydon 3 Feb 1987

By H. E. Rydon



When Britain declared war on Germany on August 5th, 1914, I was farming at Euri Creek, near Merinda, a few miles from Bowen, Queensland. It was the tomato season, and Bill Turner and I were busy picking tomatoes and packing them for shipment to Sydney. I rode into Bowen on my chestnut horse that afternoon just before the cable was published announcing the Declaration of War. I went to the Drill Hall where Infantry were already parading in preparation for the Expedition to German New Guinea and gave my name as being willing to volunteer for service.

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