Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.
Born: 1869, Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.
Baptised: 14th April 1869, at Holy Trinity, Ryde, Hampshire. Parents: George Lowe & Ann Eliza Riddett.
Died: 13th August 1920; age: 51; of Chronic Bright Disease & General Oedema, at Heathfield’s Union Infirmary, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Residence: 3, Cromwell Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment: 21st November 1914.
Date of Entry Therein: 1st December 1914.
Discharged: 14th February 1916 – served overseas.
Rank: Transport Sergeant; Service Number: SE/1208.
Regiment: Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star + Silver War Badge – issued 20th September 1916.
1871 Lasswarrie, Dover Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Percy was 2 years old and living with his parents & brother.
George Lowe Riddett, 30, an Upholsterer & Cabinet Maker, born Ryde.
Ann Eliza Riddett (nee Downer), 27, born Newport, Isle of Wight.
male infant, born Ryde. (Sidney Wilson Riddett)
2 general domestic servants.
1881 Lasswarrie, Dover Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Percy was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George, 40, an Upholsterer, Cabinet Maker & Undertaker.
Herbert George Riddett, 9, born Ryde.
Edith Mary Riddett, 7, born Ryde.
general domestic servant.
Percy’s father, George Lowe Riddett, died October 1902, of ‘Westridge’ Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. His mother, Ann Eliza Riddett, died Valentine’s Day, 1917, of ‘Westridge’ Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.
On the 12th April 1894, Percy married Annie Florence Edwards, born June 1875, Ballard County, Kentucky – died October 1902, Cimarron, Gray County, Kansas.
They had 4 children:
Sidney Charles Lowe Riddett, born March 1899, Gray County, Kanas – died 31st October 1902, Cimarron, Gray County
Douglas Benton Lowe Riddett, born December 1901, Gray County, Kankas.
George Leonard Lowe Riddett, born June 1896, Gray County, Kanas – died September 1902, Cimarron, Gray County.
Laura Lowe Riddett, died 1902, Cimarron, Gray County.
Annie, Sidney, George & Laura are laid to rest together at Fairview Cemetery, Kansas.
In 1911, Douglas was 9 years old, and visiting his widowed, paternal grandmother and aunt & uncle, at their home of ‘Westridge’ 18, Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset.
Sidney, 40, a House & Estate Agent – employer.
Edith, 37, a Governess – Nursery.
general domestic servant.
Douglas recorded on his passport application form in 1921, that his father, Percy had immigrated in 1885 and had lived at Gray County, Kansas for 6 years.
LIFE IN KANSAS
While living in Gray County, Kansas, Percy changed his name to Charles/Charlie. He had a ranch/farm and was also a photographer of scenic views for journals and newspapers. On the 1895 Census he was residing at Hess Township, Cirarron. Charles was 26 years old, his wife Annie was 19 years old.
The Cimarron Jacksonian newspaper records in 1902, Charles Riddett as his family dies from fever and he too becomes sick with fever.
Charles became a Naturalised Citizen on the 8th April 1902 before the district court. He had filed his intentions to became a citizen in 1890, had to take out final papers in order to prove up on his homestead.
In October 1902, 1 week before their eldest son died of fever – Theo Gamble purchased Charlie’s farm in Hess Township.
Information courtesy of Sara McFarland – Cimarron City Library – https://cimarroncitylibrary.org/
On the 15th August 1903, 34 year old, Percy departed from the Port of Southampton his destination was New York. He sailed on the S.S. New York – Master T.M.Passow.
Probate to Douglas Lawson Thompson L.R.C.P.
Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 22nd August 1919.
“TIRED OF LIFE.”
CANADIAN SOLDIER FOUND BLEEDING AT CLACTON
At Thorpe-le-Soken on Monday, before Mr. J.H. Sizer and other Justices.
Percy Lowe Riddett (50), a Canadian soldier living at Clacton, was summonded for attempting to commit suicide by wounding himself, at Clacton, on the 7th inst.-Defendant, who looked weak and ill, was accommodated with a seat in the dock, where he frequently used smelling salts.
P.-c. Havers, Clacton, stated that about 8:30 p.m. he went to Shepherd’s Cottage, Potash, Clacton, and found the doors locked. He called up up to the window, and defendant replied “Come in.” Witness forced the front door, and proceeding upstairs, he saw defendant lying on the bed, and only partially clad. His left arm was covered with blood. Defendant seemed in a weak state Witness asked what was the trouble, and defendant replied that he had been bleeding himself, and wanted to die, as he was fed up with it all. On examination, witness found that several veins near the wrist had been severed, and there was also an injury to the fore-arm. When asked what he caused the wounds with, defendant produced a razor and a penknife, saying, ” These are what I did it with.” Dr. Coxhead Cook was called to attend the man’s injuries, and he was removed to Tendering Infirmary. Defendant was suffering from Bright’s disease and heart trouble. From his Army papers it seemed that defendant enlisted on November 19th, 1914, and was discharged on February 14th, 1916. He said he came from Canada to join the Army, and after his discharge, “no longer fit for war service,” he lived in London, and then alone in at Clacton. He said his will was at Dr. Foster’s, and there was a letter address to P.-c. Havers, which ran:-“In the event of my sudden death you are authorised to take charge of my effects; seal up my papers and vauables, and notify Dr. T.M. Foster. Any cash found on my body or in my house is to be your.”
In reply to defendant, P.-c. Havers said the man had frequently spoken to him, and he had complained of a weak heart.
Dr. J. Coxhead Cook deposed that he found two cuts on the arm, and they could have been produced by the razor and knife. Two prominent veins were severed, and defendant had lost a considerable amount of blood. He was sober and rational in manner. The wounds were dangerous, and in his (witness’s) opinion self inflicted. If defendant had not been discovered in time he would have bled to death. P.-c. Havers had rendered first aid. Defendant expressed his disappointment at not having died, and said it would not be the last time he would attempt his life. He still required to be controlled.- In reply to defendant, the doctor said that defendant said he was tired of life, but he had made an awful mess of it, considering all that he knew of anatomy.
Cross-examined by Supt. Day, the doctor said that chronic Bright’s disease caused great depression and affected the mental condition.
The Master of Tendering Workhouse (mr. Burden)stated that during the time the defendant was in the Infirmary he had been very depressed, and was labourering under a sense of injustice committed by his relatives.
Defendant reserved his defence, and was committed to take his trail at the Quarter Sessions.