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.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





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 and 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.

Ann, 37.

Sidney, 10.

Herbert George Riddett, 9, born Ryde.

Edith Mary Riddett, 7, born Ryde.

lady’s help.

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.

Photograph courtesy of dawb61.

Annie and Percy had four 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.

Ann, 67.

Sidney, 40, a House and 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 in Gray County, Kansas for 6 years.


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, Cimarron. Charles was 26 years old, and his wife Annie was 19 years old.

The Cimarron Jacksonian newspaper records that in 1902, Charles Riddett and his family died from fever and he too became sick with fever.

Charles became a Naturalised Citizen on the 8th April 1902 before the district court. He had filed his intentions to become a citizen in 1890, and 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 –


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.


 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 summoned 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 the defendant replied “Come in.” Witness forced the front door, and proceeding upstairs, he saw the defendant lying on the bed, and only partially clad. His left arm was covered with blood. The defendant seemed in a weak state Witness asked what was the trouble, and the defendant replied that he had been bleeding himself, and wanted to die, as he was fed up with it all. On examination, the witness found that several veins near the wrist had been severed, and there was also an injury to the forearm. When asked what he caused the wounds with, the defendant produced a razor and a penknife, saying, ” These are what I did it with.” Dr. Coxhead Cook was called to attend to the man’s injuries, and he was removed to Tendering Infirmary. The defendant was suffering from Bright’s disease and heart trouble. From his Army papers, it seemed that the 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 Clacton. He said his will was at Dr. Foster’s, and there was a letter addressed 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 valuables, and notify Dr. T.M. Foster. Any cash found on my body or in my house is to be yours.”

In reply to the 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 the 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 the defendant had not been discovered in time he would have bled to death. P.-c. Havers had rendered first aid. The 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 the defendant, the doctor said that the 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.

The defendant reserved his defence and was committed to taking his trail at the Quarter Sessions.

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