Ridsdale Charles Ernest Corporal 4453667
Name Ridsdale Charles Ernest
Army number 4453667
Decorations None yet known beyond service medals.
Date of birth Not yet confirmed but thought to have been born 26/9/1909 in Barnard Castle.
Age Not yet confirmed but thought to have been 86 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry - date not yet known. Posted to ? 6th Battalion DLI. Posted to 10th Battalion DLI - probably 1/9/1939. Served B.E.F.? Served Iceland? Transferred to the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 17/6/1942 and posted to the 30th Battalion. Transferred to the Royal Corps of Signals 7/7/1942 - Daily Orders 99/42.
Company/Battery Not yet known.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet confirmed.
Task or role Not yet known but possibly Rifle Section Commander.
Joined Brigade Not yet known but probably 1/9/1939.
Promotions No details yet.
Wounded Not as far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not as far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Subject to confirmation, but thought to have died in July 1996 at Redcar.
Home address Father - Charles - was a stonemason in Barnard Castle and subsequently ran a well-known building company in the area. Mother - Mabel. Parents lived at Kirk View, Barnard Castle. Charles Ernest worked as a Railway Signalman. Charles Ernest was mentioned as an Executor of his father's Will, following the granting of Probate on 27/9/1957. The marriage of Charles Ernest to Hilda M Waters is reported in the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough of 7/10/1939. The report stated that Charles Ernest was currently serving with the DLI, and had been a bell-ringer at the Parish Church in Barnard Castle, while his wife had been the organist at Woodlands Parish Church for some years.
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