George RIDGWAY
Rank: Private
Number: S4/242344
Unit: Royal Army Service Corps
Date of Death: 26 November 1920
Age: 35
Cemetery: St Thomas Churchyard, Hazel Grove, Cheshire

The 1901 Census records George's family living at 39 Bramhall Moor Road, Hazel Grove. His father, Thomas, then aged 48, was a labourer working on the railways. His mother, Sarah, was 52. George's older sisters, Sarah (25) and Alice (19) both worked as weavers. His brother, John, the aged 23 was also a railway labourer. Thomas Ridgway, 14, worked in the local hatting industry. George & Sarah also had a 9 year old adopted daughter, Ethel Dickens. George, aged 16, was working as a butcher's apprentice

The "S4" prefix in George's service number indicates he was part of the Army Service Corps involved in supplies - effectively he worked as a labourer. The "4" indicates the Company was attached to the 4th New Army, which was formed in February 1916. His medal entitlement records can be viewed on-line at the National Archives (at a cost, in 2005, of £3.50) but have not been examined for this project. They would probably indicate to which ASC Company he was attached and where he served.

There is more information about George in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton. Mr Eaton notes that George died of dysentery. As he is recorded on the Roll of Honour of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, his condition must have been related to his war service, even though he died two years after the end of hostilities.

   
           
   
     
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