Recorded as “RIDER” on war records.
Ridger is remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall.
Born: 1917, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 4th August 1943; age: 26; North Africa
Residence: 9 Kelly Rd, Ipswich.
Occupation: Bus Conductor – Ipswich Busses – Ipswich Corporation.
Rank: Craftsman; Service Number: 165253.
Regiment: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Panel 20, Column 1.
Father: Arthur John Rumbellow, born 1889, Ipswich.
Mother: Alice Rumbellow (nee Leggett), born 1893, Ipswich.
In 1938, Ipswich, Rider married Olive E. Pooley, born 1920, Ipswich.
They had 3 sons.
Rider was in the REME taking part in the North Africa campaign, working on tanks and transport in the area.
HMS Arrow was nominated for duty with Support Force East during planned landings in Sicily. (Operation HUSKY) 10th July 1943 Participated in Sicily landings with Support Force. Deployed for escort of Follow-up convoys.
4th August Whilst at Algiers was set on fire by explosion from a merchant ship SS FORT LE MONTÉE which Sustained major damage and caused many casualties, disabling HMS Arrow.
SST FORT LE MONTÉE caught fire at Algiers and was towed into the bay where the forepart blew up, damaging the destroyer H.M.S. Arrow. The aft section had to be sunk by gunfire from a Royal Navy submarine to stop it blowing up. The remains of the forward section burned for several days.
The cargo ship was carrying ammunition with many attempts to put the fire out. It is believed Rider was killed from one of the explosions and may have been involved in the attempts to put the fire out.