Friday 2 December 2011

Private Thomas Ridley

Born on 12 August 1893 in Birmingham, England - husband of Annie Ridley, Aberdeen, Scotland - next of kin listed as Charles Ridley, Birmingham, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single [?]; currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards; no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6.25 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy and clear complexion; light blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 August 1915 (number 144687) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 28 or 29 June 1917 - struck off strength to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 2 January 1918.

(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)

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