South African Shaddocks

by Philip Shaddock

To find where this branch of the Shattocke tree sits in relation to other Shattockes, click on this link to the Experimental Shattocke Phylogenetic Tree.

I would like to thank Penny Shaddock for her contribution to this page. Pictures on this page were provided by Penny.

The Shaddocks in South Africa are a branch of the Culmstock Shaddocks of Devon, England. For an account of the Culmstock Shaddocks, please see the page devoted to them.

The story of the South African Shaddocks begins with John Shaddock, born in 1830 in Culmstock, who moved to London. There are perhaps as yet undiscovered relatives who may have established themselves in London, making the transition there in subsequent generations easier.

John Shaddock, his wife Louisa Stacey and their child William Oliver Shaddock about 1858. 

Penny Shaddock, whose husband Doug Shaddock is a descendant of John Shaddock, supplied the photos you see below. Her husband's family story is an example of how the industrial revolution changed the lives and locations of Culmstock descendants.

John was born in Culmstock in 1830 where as a young man he worked as a weaver. The textile industry was industrialized, probably putting a lot of weavers out of business, which is probably why we find him in Chelsea, London by 1859, working as a baker. 

John Shaddock's brother, William Shaddock, born 1837 in Culmstock, spent his youth and early manhood as a servant, first in Culmstock, then in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. Sometime before the 1881 census, he moved to Wimbledon, Surrey, where he worked as a gardener until retirement, raising his family in Wimbledon. Did his brother John ease his path to work in London?




John Shaddock's son William Oliver Shaddock (1858-1937) and his wife Mary Ann Graham (1860-1929). The original photograph was torn, missing half of Mary Ann's face. I duplicated and flipped her image, so the photo is not strictly accurate in terms of her face.

In the 1881 census, John's son William is age 22, married to Mary Ann with a daughter Louisa age 2 and a son James age 1. He is living in Chelsea. William's father worked in the construction industry. His son William followed in his footsteps, working as a bricklayer.  In the 1891 his occupation was described as "engineer's labourer." In 1901 his occupation was once more described as "bricklayer." He had to work hard, he now had a wife and eight children to support. In 1911, at the age of 53, he was working as a night watchman at Victoria Garage, Eccleston St, Georges Square, Hanover, London. Perhaps he had grown too old for the strenuous work of a bricklayer. Two of his daughters were working in a laundry. 

He died at the age of 78 in 1937. His wife Mary Ann died at the age of 70 in 1929. 





Frederick John Shaddock (1891-1951) and his first wife Lucy Emily Twilley (1891-1925).

Fred Shaddock was a brother to William Shaddock. 













Rose Mary Shaddock (1887-1968) was a sister to William Oliver Shaddock. She married William Henry Cooper (1881-1955). 













Doug Shaddock's grandfather, Walter Cyril Shaddock (1899-1974)

Doug Shaddock's grandfather Walter Cyril Shaddock served in WW1 with the Northhumberland Fusiliers number 69421. He was captured and held prisoner in Poland.










Picture from an article about the liberation of allied soldiers from Altengrabow prisoner of war camp on Apr. 5, 1945.

Walter also served in WWII and was unlucky enough to have been captured again and once again ended up in a prisoner of war camp in Poland. In the picture on left he is showing his backup plan in case the Nazis stopped feeding the prisoners. In the can he is holding are potato peels.

After the war he followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a baker.

Penny: "After the birth of their first 2 sons, Richard and George, born on Creek Street, Battersea, they lived over a stable. It seems one of their Aunties owned a rag and bones business and as they had nowhere to live, they cleared out the hayloft and made it into 2 rooms for themselves. (Talk about Dicken's London?) Walter used to swim in the Thames to catch fish in order to feed Walter Oliver family."



Walter Cyril Shaddock in a bakery.












Dorothy and Dick Shaddock in England

Walter Shaddock's son Richard William Shaddock (1921-1991) followed his father's footsteps into WWII. Penny: " Was in full service with the RAF No: 640126 LAF (leading aircraft man) was in the 75 wing HQ 60 group. Joined 23 June 1939 to 20 December1945. He was due 104 days leave. He flew the Avro Anson. He had to bail out twice after being shot down by the Germans. He met Dorothy Caroline Brock, when the airmen were sent for a break from the then Rhodesia, to homes they were put up in Johannesburg. He was based in Moffat, training Airmen. He fell madly in love and when he proposed her Mom was very against, but then changed her mind. Married 17 February 1945. Dorothy then left on an Army Ship to go live with his parents in England. When her Dad passed away Dec 1946 they returned to live in South Africa. Richard died 3 June 1991. He was a draftsman."

This is the story of the South African Shaddocks, who migrated from a small village in Devon to South Africa where the descendants live today.

To see the genealogy of the family, please go to the bottom of the Culmstock Shaddocks page.


If you want to tell the story of your family on this site contact me.



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