An Old Collection of Medals Relating to The Great War

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £550

Estimate: £450 - £550

Three: Captain C. N. Ridley, Northumberland Yeomanry, who was mortally wounded on 30 September 1915 and died of wounds on 7 October 1915

1914 Star, with clasp (Lieut., North’d. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Capt.) nearly extremely fine (3) £450-550


Charles Noel Ridley was born on 24 December 1884, the son of John Hilton Ridley, of Low Park End, Northumberland. He was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond and Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1907 he married Daphne Berwicke, of Close House, Northumberland, by whom he had three daughters. He was commissioned in 1906; was made a Lieutenant in 1911 and retired in May 1914. Ridley rejoined on the outbreak of war and with the Northumberland Yeomanry entered France on 5 October 1914. Appointed a Temporary Captain in January 1915. His regiment formed part of the 7th Division and took part in the defence of Ypres and other engagements. Captain Ridley was mortally wounded on 30 September 1915 and died of his wounds at No. 10 Stationary Hospital, St. Omer, on 7 October 1915. Two days later he was buried in the Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer. With copied service papers, The Times obituary and m.i.c. M.I.D. not confirmed.