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Person Details



Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Little Marlow
Gender: Male
Date of death: 26/10/1914
Place of death: Bethune, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 28
CWGC Ref: 1561174
TWGPP Ref: 4136541
Address: 3 Fairview Cottages High Road Cookham Rise
Address: Kenton Grove Farm Kenton Harrow
Address: 42 Fernley Street Watford

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: L/12646


Brother Joseph William RIDGLEY
Widowed Mother Sarah Ann RIDGLEY
Late Father Joseph RIDGLEY
Former Wife Carrie CHANDLER (nee SEABROOK)
Sister Emily RIDGLEY
Sister Mary A RIDGLEY
Sister Ellen RIDGLEY

Additional information

Research has shown varying information from censuses. There were several Joseph Ridgleys in Bucks, names spelled slightly differently (Ridgly, Sarah Ann/Annie, Ellen/Nellie) and slightly different places of birth given, but they seem like the same family. They were itinerant farm workers so probably not very well educated. Brothers George and Joseph were born in Little Marlow and the family were from Wycombe. Joseph and Sarah Anne were living in Cookham Rise in 1911, and there when the memorial was being planned. The information on the Cookham War Memorial committee papers confirm we have the correct Ridgleys. George was listed as a carter and labourer on the Censuses before the War. George married Carrie Seabrook 22, a greengrocer, of Kenton, Harrow on 19th May 1913 at the Parish Church in Hendon.
Not much of George's life is known as his Army records are missing but George's Battalion went to France and landed in Le Havre in August on 14th. His Battalion took part in the Battles of Mons, Marne, Aisne and La Bassee. We believe George was killed on 26th October and his brother Joseph died on 23rd October but neither of them have a known grave. They are remembered on two memorials which recorded the names of men who died in the same offensive, one in France and one in Belgium, so it is unlikely that they were in the same area when they were killed in action. He is remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.


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