William Addison VC - We have received an inquiry about ex The Rector of Coltishall with Great Hautbois from 1938 to 1958 from  Richard Snow who is researching his life as part of a book on ten local Victoria Cross holders from  the Borough of Tunbridge Wells.

The content of the email is as below

Dear Mr Harding

Forgive me for troubling you, I have obtained your name from the Coltishall P.C. Website.

I am wondering whether it would be possible to ask if anyone has any information about William Addison V.C. who was Rector of Coltishall  with Gt Hautbois from 1939 to 58

I am researching his life as part of a local book on 10 Victoria Cross Holders of the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, where I live. There may be local people on the Council and elswhere who remember or know something about his time in Coltishall.

I am also looking for someone who might be able to take 3 photos for me and email them:

1.      A picture of the sign reading “Addison Close”showing the wording and a bit of background to put into context. Addison Close is on the outskirts of Coltishall off the North Walsham Road.

2.       A picture of the Church.

3.      A picture of the desk which is dedicated to Addison,and a copy of any wording that may be attached.

I would be so grateful for any help with this. Incidentally he won his V.C. on 9.4.1916 at Sanna-I-Yat, Mesopotamia.

I do hope that you may be able to find someone to help or put me in touch with someone who can.
Many thanks,

Kind Regards

Richard Snow

Chairman's Note: I will send on photos I have and some extras, especially of St John's Close which is where the Old Rectory was that the Rev. Addison lived in.

We will also forward this email to the Parish Priest : Rev Christopher  Engelsen,  and The Marlpit

If anyone has any information for Richard Snow here is his email address: richardssnow@tiscali.co.uk

From all at Coltishall and Gt Hautbois, good luck with your book, and we would love to see copy of the finished article - Regards John H

Further Update

I have located this website that gives details of The Rev Addison's VC and am seeking permisson to publish details, however for those who cannot wait the web link is http://www.hellfire-corner.demon.co.uk/coulson.htm