44301 Private Stephen George Ridgeway of the 2/4th Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment was the son of Charles and Minnie Amelia Ridgeway, of Mount Radford, Bishopsteignton. He was born in Bishopsteignton in the June Quarter of 1899.
According to the 1911 census he was listed as “George” aged 11, living with his sisters Augusta and Mabel. His father is recorded as a domestic gardener. There seems to be another Ridgeway family living and working at Ashwell – William, who was also a gardener. Could they have been brothers?
Stephen George enlisted first in the 1st Hampshire Regiment Service No 45848 and then in the Royal Berkshire Regiment Service No 44301.
Death and Burial
Stephen George was killed in action on the 24th June 1918 aged just 19 years.
With the inscription
“Son of Charles and Minnie Amelia Ridgeway, of Radway, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon.”
“UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS”
Like so many of his compatriots he was given posthumously the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Are you part of this Ridgeway family? Do you still have his war medals in your possession? If you have any knowledge of relatives of Stephen we would love to hear from you.
References and credits
1.“Four times a year all the registers for England & Wales were collated into a single countrywide index, arranged alphabetically by surname.The indexes to the registers are quarterly rather than annual in scope – the four quarters being known as March, June, September and December. Each of these covers the month itself and the two preceding months, as follows:•January, February, March registrations in the March quarter
•April, May, June registrations in the June quarter
•July, August, September registrations in the September quarter
•October, November, December registrations in the December quarter” https://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/expert-bmd