In Flanders Fields…Arthur Berridge


Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Le Touret Memorial
Le Touret Memorial


Rank: Private
Service No: 16091
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Enlisted: 28 Sep 1914
Died: 04/01/1915 – Killed in action, aged 24
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, France – Panel: 28 to 30.
War Office Notification to: Son of Elizabeth Abbott (formerly Berridge) of Wood Road, Geddington, Kettering, Northants, and the late George Berridge.

Personal Information

Arthur’s parents were George and Elizabeth Berridge, though by the time Arthur enlisted his widowed mother had remarried and become Mrs Abbott. Arthur Berridge took up Kitchener’s well recognised invitation ‘Your Country Needs You’ and enlisted with several other young men from Geddington in September 1914 and left for France after 6 weeks basic training. By December he was fighting on the Western Front. He was 23 when he died but was, according to Melvyn Hopkins in his book ‘Geddington at War‘ , reputedly the best shot in the 3rd Battalion.

1891 Census: Twywell
George Berridge (father); aged 36; b. Huntingdon
Elizabeth Berridge (mother); aged 28; b. St Ives, Hunts
Harry Berridge (brother); aged 6; b. Tichmarsh
Florence Berridge (sister); aged 4; b. Tichmarsh
Herbert Berridge (brother); aged 2; b. Tichmarsh
Arthur Berridge; aged 9 months; b. Twywell

1901 Census: Model Row, Twywell
George Berridge (father); aged 46; general labourer
Elizabeth Berridge (mother); aged 38; dressmaker
Herbert Berridge (brother); aged 12; Ordinary farm labourer
Arthur Berridge; aged 10
Bertha Berridge (sister); aged 8; b. Twywell
Samuel Berridge (brother); aged 6; b. Twywell
Gertrude Berridge (sister); aged 4; b. Twywell
Dorothy Berridge (sister); aged 2; b. Twywell
Daisy Berridge (sister); aged 3 months; b. Twywell

1911 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Elizabeth Abbott (mother) widow: aged 45; 11 children (9 living); b. St Ives, Hunts
Arthur Berridge; aged 20; ironstone labourer; b. Twywell
Samuel Berridge (brother); aged 16; ironstone labourer; b. Twywell
Dorothy Berridge (sister); aged 12: b. Twywell