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Eric Elrington Addis (1899 - 1941)

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Eric Elrington Addis
Born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
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Died in Alexandria, Egyptmap
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PARENTS. David Foulis Addis & Emily (Malcolm) Addis

BIRTH. 19 May 1899, Edinburgh, Scotland,

MARRIAGE. 28 Apr 1926, Thorpe, Norfolk

MARRIAGE. 28 Apr 1926, Hazel Iris Wilson, daughter of Cecil Wilson & Annie M. (??) Wilson


(1) Valery/ie Ann Addis, b. 1929, Norfolk
(2) Jeremy Cecil Addis, b. 1931, Norfolk

DEATH. 31 Aug 1941, Alexandria, Egypt, bur. 1941, Alexandria (Hadra) War Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt,

Burial: Alexandria (Hadra) War Cemetery , Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt, Plot: 2. C. 22. Cmdr Eric Elrington Addis Death: Aug. 31, 1941 Note: Cmdr, Commander, Royal Navy. Age: 42.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Casualty Details

Rank: Commander
Date of Death: 31/08/1941
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Nile"
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Grave Reference: 2. C. 22.
Additional Information: Son of David and Emily Addis; husband of Hazel I. Addis, of Bacton, Suffolk.

Royal Navy (RN) Officers, 1939-1945:

Midsh: 01.09.1917
A/Lt: ?
Lt: 15.10.1920
Lt.Cdr: 15.10.1928 (retd 04.04.1930; own request)
Cdr. (retd): 19.05.1939
15.02.1917: entered RN
(01.1919): HMS Marlborough (battleship)
30.11.1922 - (08.1923): HMS Iroquois (surveying vessel)
(01.1925): no appointment listed
25.11.1925 - (05.)1926: HMS Tiger (battlecruiser; seagoing gunnery firing ship, Portsmouth)
22.12.1926 - (08.1929): HMNZS Philomel (cruiser) [lent to Royal New Zealand Navy]
19.08.1939 - (04.)1940: HMS Warspite (battleship)
15.07.1940 - 31.08.1941: HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria) (killed at a bombing)
Published: detective novels under the pseudonym of Peter Drax (He shot to kill, 1936; Death by two hands, 1937; etc.

About Spouse:

Hazel Iris Wilson (30.05.1900 - 10.1990), only daughter of Mr & Mrs Cecil Wilson, of Thorpe, Norwich;

Hazel Iris Addis (born as Hazel Iris Wilson) is a British author and the spouse of Eric Elrington Addis (Cmdr. Addis was also a published author of detective novels under the pseudonym "Peter Drax" including: Murder by Chance, He Shot to Kill, Murder by Proxy, etc.). Together they have a daughter named Valery Ann Addis and a son named Jeremy Addis. She writes under both "Hazel Iris Addis" (for various editions of the Cub Scout Manual and other books for Cub Scouts) and as "A.J. Heritage" or "Hazel Adair" (for all other works). She is the author of Mahogany and Deal, Quoth the Raven, Stranger From Space (with Ronald Marriott), The Enamelled Bird-Cage, and The Darkest Hour. She was the co-creator with Peter Ling of the British soap operas Compact and Crossroads.

Hazel Adair was born Hazel Iris Wilson in Norwich, the daughter of Cecil Wilson, an electrical engineer, and his wife Annie M. Wilson. She was the third child, her elder siblings being Lawrence Cecil Wilson (1895- ) and Gerald Howard Wilson (1898- ). Cecil, her father, was a successful employer, with a number of servants recorded in the 1901 and 1911 census returns.

In 1926 she married Eric Elrington Addis, a Scotsman born in Edinburgh on 19 May 1899, the son of David F. Addis, a retired Indian Civil Servant, and his wife Emily. Addis was a naval officer and the young couple lived in Waitemata, Auckland, New Zealand in the late 1920s where Addis was a training officer aboard H.M.S. Philomel. Addis retired from the Navy in 1928 and shortly after returned to England where he studied law, becoming a barrister-at-law at the Admiralty bar. His family by then included two children, Valerie A. Addis (1929- ) and Jeremy Cecil Addis (1931- ), both born in Norfolk; they lived at Charlwood, Oxshott, Surrey, throughout in the 1930s. Hazel and her children were in Milford, Auckland, N.Z., during the war when Eric was killed by enemy action on 31 August 1941. He had rejoined the Navy and served in the Mediterranean and the North Sea. He was at Narvik in the Warspite, being mentioned in dispatches. Addis was also a writer of thrillers under the pen-name Peter Drax.

Hazel and her children returned to England in 1945 and in 1959 she was living in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Her death was registered in Stowmarket, in October 1990 where she died, aged 90.


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