Thursday 1 December 2011

Private George Joseph Thomas Ridley

Born on 9 June 1877 in London, England - husband of Emma Margaret Ridley, Ottawa, Ontario (later Montreal, Quebec) - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clerk; married; currently a member of the Active Militia; previously served with the London Irish Rifles, the 2nd Middlesex, 3rd Field Company Canadian Engineers, and the Governor General's Foot Guards; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; blue eyes; light brown (grey) hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 February 1915 (number 410388) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 11 Auguat 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 October 1916 - died on 17 June 1917 of wounds received that day - buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension (grave III.C.25), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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