Riddlesworth, Frank D

Frank Dixon Riddlesworth, Private 290515, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 4th November 1917 in Palestine, aged 31

 

EARLY LIFE

Husband of Mrs. L. D. Riddlesworth, of 3 Albion St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Frank’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 23 November 1917:

A GAZA VICTIM – PAINFUL NEWS FOR LOCAL FAMILY

Mrs Riddlesworth, 3 Albion St, Macclesfield, received official news yesterday that her husband, Pte Frank Riddlesworth, Cheshire Regt, was killed on November 4th in Palestine. Pte Riddlesworth was 31 years of age and enlisted in the local Territorials shortly after the outbreak of war. He accompanied the Battalion to the Dardanelles, and was in the landing at Suvla Bay. Later he had an attack of dysentery and typhoid fever, and after a period in hospital in Cairo was invalided home. On recovering he again went out to Egypt on July 13th 1916, and was in action at the first battle of Gaza last March. Pte Riddlesworth was a native of Macclesfield and the son of the late Mr and Mrs W Riddlesworth, of Pierce St. Before enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs J and T Brocklehurst and Sons (1911) Ltd. He leaves a wife and three children.

A brother-in-law, Pte Chas Dixon, was killed in the battle of Mons, and a cousin, Corporal L Riddlesworth, fell in France a short time ago.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Frank Riddlesworth is buried in Grave Ref. E. 4. of the Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel. His wife asked for the following inscription to be added to his headstone:

GOD WILL CLASP
THE BROKEN CHAIN
CLOSER WHEN
WE MEET AGAIN

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Riddlesworth, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Frank Riddlesworth is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother-in-law of Pte Chas Dixon, who was killed in the battle of Mons; cousin of L/Cpl Leonard Riddlesworth, who served with the 9th Cheshire Regt and was killed in Belgium on 7 June 1917.

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times:
23 November 1917, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)

 


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