Essex Association
St Andrew
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 in 3h 11 (14–0–15 in F)
5058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1 Simon A Rudd
2 James L Towler
3 June Mackay
4 Emily S Ashton
5 Neil V Avis
6 Alan Regin
7 Brian G Meads
8 Alan P Mayle (C)
Rung in memory of Private Ernest Ridgewell, Earls Colne, Essex. Died 21/10/1917 age 39. Royal Fusiliers 11th Bn. Service No.51769. Commemorated at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XII I 24. Born 1st quarter 1877. One of eight children. Son of Walter Ridgewell and Elizabeth Ridgewell (née Boreham). He worked as a labourer in an iron foundry before enlisting. He learnt to ring at Greenstead Green but did most of his ringing at Earls Colne. He rang a number of peals at Earls Colne, Greenstead Green and Colne Engaine, conducting many of them. He was badly wounded in the abdomen and leg on 19/10/1917 and died two days later at the Casualty Clearing Station at Dozinghem. His brother, Private Bertie Ridgewell, Essex Regiment, not known to be a bellringer, also fell, on 09/07/1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Born: Great Maplestead, Essex. Enlisted: Halstead. Resided: Colne Engaine, Essex.
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