|Home:||Lilburn (Lilburn Tower)|
|Date of death:||10 August 1916|
|Age at death:||26 years|
|Fate:||Died of wounds|
|Unit/Regiment:||“B” Company, 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers|
|Buried:||Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, France (Cemetery/memorial reference: I. C. 7). Also commemorated on the Eglingham War Memorial, Northumberland UK.|
|Other:||Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ridding of Finsthwaite, Newby Bridge, Lancashire.|
Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, Belgium (image courtesy of CWGC)
(Image credit: By kind permission of The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland.)
Born 1890 at Finsthwaite, Lancashire (Find My Past records place of birth as Ulverston, Lancashire).
The 1911 Census records Richard as living at Levens Bothy, Milnthorpe, Westmoreland. Richard was reported to be a journeyman gardener who was lodging with a foreman gardener in the Bothy. It is speculated that the two men were employed at nearby Levens Hall, as typically only the large estates needed, and could afford, to employ several gardeners.
Richard enlisted at Alnwick. At the time, he was reported to be a gardener at West Lilburn. It is thought that he would have been working on the Lilburn Tower Estate (as were Bertram Reinfred BARRON, Tom PYBUS and Frederick Alec Leonard JERRAM).