Known as DUNCAN RIDLER on war records.

Duncan is remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.



Born: 1890, Bisley, Gloucestershire.

Baptised: 7th November 1890, St. John the Baptist Church, Bisley, Gloucestershire. Parents: Louisa Jane & Thomas Ridler Dutton, a Hallier, of Bisley, Gloucestershire.

Died: 13th March 1915; age 24; KiA at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.

Residence: 177, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich – home of his sister Mabel & her family.

Date of Entry Therein: 5th October 1914.


Rank: Private: service Number: 10585.

Regiment: Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Le Touret Memorial,






1891   Bisley, Gloucestershire.


Family surname recorded as Ridler.

Percival was 6 months old, and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas Ridler Dutton, 34, a General Labourer, born Eastcombe, Gloucestershire.

Louisa Jane Ridler Dutton (nee Pegler), 34, born Bisley.

Mabel Margaret Ridler Dutton, 11, born Bisley.

Elizabeth Grace Ridler Dutton, 9, born Bisley.

Harry William Ridler Dutton, 4, born Bisley.


1901   Bratton’s Farm, Bisley with Lypiatt, Gloucestershire.


Family surname recorded as Ridler.

Duncan was 10 years old and living with his mother & step father (uncle), brother & step siblings.

Robert William Ridler Dutton, a General Labourer, born Bisley.

Louisa, 44.

Harry, 14.

Frederick Thomas Ridler Dutton, 7, born Bisley.

Kathleen Ridler Dutton, 4, born Bisley.

Robert William Ridler Dutton, 1, born Bisley.


1911   Stables, Newark Park, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire.


Duncan was 20 years old, he was 1 of 5 grooms for 53 year old, Thomas Poole King Esq., of Private Means. Percy’s 24 year old, brother, Harry William Ridler was also one of the grooms.


Duncan’s father, Thomas Ridler Dutton died June 1893, of Nash End Farm, Bisley, Gloucestershire. He was laid to rest on the 17th June 1893.


In 1899, at Eastcombe Baptist Chapel, Duncan’s mother, Louisa married her brother-in-law, Robert William Ridler Dutton.


On the 25th August 1903, St. John the Baptist Church, France Lynch, Duncan’s sister, Mabel married Alfred Ernest Dutton, born August 1875, Woolwich Barracks, London. They moved to Ipswich where Alfred was a Carpenter – Cabinet Maker.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa Jane Ridler – mother.


Duncan is also remembered on the war at Christ Church, Chalford, Gloucestershire – he was listed as D. Dutton.


Photograph published in the ‘Stroud News’ May 1915 courtesy of Camilla Boon –




The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.


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