Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gadsdon: George Stephen Leader's fish and chip shop

The Dardanelles Fish and Chip Shop, owned by George Stephen Leader (Gadsdon, before he changed his surname). George named the shop after the Dardanelles campaign* in which he took part during World War l.

Born in Islington, London, in 1882, George Stephen Gadsdon lied about his age to get into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment: he was 15 at the time but stated he was 18. This circumstance led to his being discharged from the Regiment a month after he enlisted. He then joined the 6th Dragoon Guards, saw action in the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa and later went to Australia where he changed his surname to Leader.

He survived several major battles of World War I including Ypres: his battalion (2nd Australian) lost 90% of their number at Gallipoli. George was wounded twice during his military career and also suffered the effects of mustard gas in France from which he never fully recovered. 

If anyone knows any more about George, descendants researching the family history would be pleased to hear from you. Make contact through Mole's Blog.

*In March 1915, during World War I (1914-18), British and French forces launched an ill-fated naval attack on Turkish forces in the Dardanelles in northwestern Turkey, hoping to take control of the strategically vital strait separating Europe from Asia. 

See also https://molegenealogy.blogspot.co.za/2011/08/gadsdon-by-any-other-name.html

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