RIDLEY, Eustace Bernard

R/7649, Rifleman, Eustace Bernard RIDLEY
Aged 23

1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died of his Wounds on Sunday, 30th July 1916

Eustace Bernard RIDLEY was born in 1892 (Bury St. Edmunds Q3-1892 4A:755), son of Henry and Maria Louisa RIDLEY (née BULBICK).

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at 38 St. Andrews Street South, Bury St. Edmunds with his father Henry RIDLEY [48] leather seller; his mother Mary Louisa [48] born Bow, brothers Walford H [16] shop assistant, and Morrison C [6]; sisters Emma F [14], Kathleen M [13] and Myra F [10]. All except his mother were born in Bury St. Edmunds.

1911 census...Aged 18, an apprentice ironmonger, he was at 45 Fornham Road, Bury St.Edmunds, with his parents; sisters Emma Florence, Myra Frances; brother Morrison Charles (apprentice engineer) and sister in law, Henrietta Mary Ridley [33] born Cockfield. Two of the seven children had died.

The school roll of honour listing the names with their regiments connects him to the school.

He enlisted in Letchworth, when resident in Coventry. He died of his wounds at No.1 South African General Hospital, Abbeville, France.
Without his service records and dying of wound at a base hospital, there is no way of telling exactly where or when he was wounded. About that time his battalion were in the Longueval/Delville Wood area.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Eustace Ridley is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, grave 6:F:4

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