Private Ralph Honeybone (Batman)
Private Ralph Honeybone was the Batman of Lieutenant Reginald John Elliot Tiddy.
“One of Tiddy’s morris dancers at Ascott-under-Wychwood, who became his batman in the army, was one Ralph Honeybone.”
It was Ralph Honeybone that sent details of Tiddy’s death; “They danced in France when they arrived. They danced behind the front line. And then they moved up to the front itself. In due course, almost inevitably, the President received the sad letter from Ralph Honeybone: ‘I regret to inform you of the death of Mr Tiddy who was struck by a shell in the trench last night…’. There was a final scene in a Morris Musical I planned where Tiddy and his heroes danced in heaven . .”
Ralph kept up his love of Morris dancing after WW1. Please see: http://www.opread.force9.co.uk/RoyDommet/Others/sidmouth94lect.htm
“I met various collectors including Carey, Karpeles, Schofield, and Hamer who were generous with access to their own work, and visited and talked with the survivors of the early TM tours and other key pre-war dancers such as Ralph Honeybone. He had been a young dancer under Tiddy at Ascott, his batman at one period in WW I, a post WW I scholar at Oxford and for a time a member of the HQ display team until he settled as a teacher at Evesham. The approach to the material that we had then still aimed for accuracy of reproduction in the dances rather than inspiration.”