Renforth William Ridley Pte 4456375

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Private William Ridley Renforth 1st Tyneside Scottish.
Private William Ridley Renforth 1st Tyneside Scottish.

Name Renforth William Ridley
Army number 4456375
Rank Pte
Decorations None known, other than Service Awards.
Date of birth 11/8/1919.
Age 67, at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry, Territorial Army, no enlistment date, but probably Spring 1939. Posted to the ? 9th Battalion DLI. Posted to 12th Battalion DLI on 1/9/1939. Transferred to the Black Watch 1/2/1940, and posted to the 1st Tyneside Scottish. Served with the B.E.F. in France. Taken Prisoner of War - probably 20/5/1940. Repatriated. Posted ? Bn Black Watch. Discharged under King's Regulations 1940 Para 390 (xvi) 1/12/45 as unfit for further service.
Company/Battery Not yet known.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not yet known.
Joined Brigade 1/9/1939 on mobilisation.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Yes - Stalag 20A, PoW Number 6657.
Died/Killed in action Died October 1976, Gateshead.
Home address Father - Walter Renforth (1890 - 1939), Mother - Mrs Walter Renforth of 38, Leopold St. Gateshead. Worked as a Coal Miner (Hewer). Married Ellen May Druett (1914 - 1951) December 1940, Brentford, Essex.
Source table 1TS

Private Renforth's brother - Walter - who also served with 12th DLI - was Killed in Action with the 9th Battalion DLI on 30th May 1940 and is buried in France.

An article featuring the two brothers appeared in a local newspaper and is featured below. Thanks are due to Diana Trotter who kindly made these images available via

Local Newspaper Report