Ridley, Richard Herbert (Dick)
HMS Kestrel, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 4 December 1940 (aged 25)
Bridgnorth Cemetery, Shropshire, England (Grave 1064)
Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)
Richard Herbert (Dick) Ridley was born on 14 February 1914 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire and he was the youngest son of Samuel Ridley JP of Bridgnorth and Lucy Trevethick Ridley (nee Spargo) of Croxteth Road, Liverpool. Samuel Ridley was a maltster and seed merchant and his marriage to Lucy Spargo was registered in the fourth quarter of 1906 in Toxteth Park, Lancashire. Dick’s eldest brother was Samuel Edmund Ridley and their father Samuel died in December 1938.
Dick Ridley worked as a motor salesman and he obtained his Great Britain Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate on 14 July 1938 at Liverpool and District Aero Club. He was flying a Tiger Moth – Gipsy Major – 130. At that time, he was living in Cheshire at Oak Lea, Prospect Road, Prenton, Birkenhead.
Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War Dick Ridley and Herbert Victor Armstrong operated a Flying School and Dick gave flying lessons. During the war he was stationed for a time at RAF Aldergrove and then at HMS Kestrel – a Royal Naval Air Station at Worthy Down near Winchester.
Dick Ridley and Patricia Law (Pat) Malcolm were married on 1 July 1940 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s). Pat Malcolm was the second daughter of Councillor and Mrs Walter Malcolm who lived at Ardlui, 55 Ballyholme Road, Bangor. Walter Malcolm was a former Mayor of Bangor and he died on 9 June 1945 (aged 64).
Lieutenant (A) Richard Herbert (Dick) Ridley was 26 when he was killed in an aircraft accident on 4 December 1940. His aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in England and afterwards it was reported to have had a faulty altimeter. Lieutenant Ridley had been married for just five months and he is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).