1/5th Battalion (London Rifle Brigade)
Place of birth:
South Hornsey, London
Date of death:
Cause of death:
Killed in action
Grave or panel reference:
Name of father:
Alfred E Ridout
Name of siblings:
Name(s) of children:
Date of birth:
Place of enlistment:
France and Flanders
Age at death:
Cemetery or memorial:
Arras Memorial, France
St Mark's Church, Tollington Park
Name of mother:
Ada Ridout, nee Hancock
Name of spouse:
13 Wray Crescent, Finsbury Park
Alfred Oliver Ridout, known as Oliver, was a Tollington Park resident. His parents were Alfred, who was a clerk, and Ada, nee Hancock. Oliver was born in 1895, and he had one brother, Roland, born a year later. In 1901 the family was living at 43 Highbury Quadrant, with a servant called Helena Parry, but Ada died in 1907, and by 1911 Alfred’s sister, Julia, was living with Alfred and the boys at 13 Wray Crescent, Tollington Park.
Oliver attended St Clement Danes Grammar School at Houghton Street in London (now in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.) In March 1915 Oliver became a clerk in the Head Office of London County & Westminster Bank (later National Westminster Bank and now part of RBS.)
Oliver enlisted in October 1915 as a Private in D Company, 1/5th Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. He was later promoted to Lance Corporal and he served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders.
He was wounded on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when the Company was taking part in the diversionary attack on Gommecourt. Oliver received a gun shot wound in his arm and leg, and after treatment in the Convalescent Depot was discharged the same day. He was wounded again in early August, but re-joined the Company.
The Company took part in the Battle of Arras, which began in April 1917, and Oliver was killed in action on 3 May, ten days short of his twenty second birthday.
Oliver’s Captain wrote to his father ‘Whilst giving instructions to his men to consolidate a shell-hole, your son was sniped by one of the enemy… Your son will be greatly missed by all who remain in D Coy. He was liked and loved by all, and, I am pleased to be able to say, had always proved himself a thorough soldier and a very reliable N.C.O.’
Oliver is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, in the local parish church of St Mark in Tollington Park, and on the RBS online memorial to their fallen employees.