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William Forster Riddell

Male abt 1916 - 1942  (~ 26 years)



  • Name William Forster Riddell  [1, 2, 3
    Birth abt May 1916  Edmonton Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Degree/Qualif. abt 1938  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [4
    Degree/Qualif. abt 1939  AMIEE  [4
    • Associate Member of Institution of Electrical Engineers. Commemorated on their Roll of Honour.
    Occupation abt 1939  Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location ; Fellow  [4
    Military Service abt 1939 - 1942  Lieutenant, RNVR  [4
    Marriage abt Feb 1940  Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Olga Geldard Robinson,   b. 30 Oct 1914, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1999, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 07 Dec 1942  At sea, off Azores Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Died while on active service  [4, 5, 6
    • Sank at latitude 40 deg. 30 min. N., longitude 40 deg, 20 min. W. See SS Ceramic - The Untold Story, by Claire Hardy.
    Probate 20 Nov 1944  Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location ; 32,311 13s.  [5
    • Riddell William Forster of Sanson Seal Berwick-upon-Tweed died 7 December 1942 on war service Probate Newcastle-upon-Tyne 20 November [1944] to Barclays Bank Limited. Effects 32311 13s. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • William Forster Riddell, B.A., RNVR. Born 1917 [1916], died 7 Dec 1942 (aged 25 [26]). Passenger (Lieutenant) on SS "Ceramic", attacked and sunk by U-boat U-515. Son of William Edmeston and Emily Edmeston Riddell; husband of Olga Geldard Forster Riddell, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, A.M.I.E.E., Freeman of the Borough of Berwick-on-Tweed. Assigned to HMS Tana II, a RN base at Kilindini, Kenya. Lost on passage to Capetown. [uboat.net website accessed 18 Jan 2013]
    Person ID I1494  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2013 

    Father William Edmeston Riddell,   b. 20 Dec 1874, Berwick-upon-Tweed Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1928, Sanson Seal, Berwick-upon-Tweed Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Edith Emily Ker,   b. 06 Apr 1877, Surbiton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1958, General Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage 12 Apr 1910  St Michael, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 7, 8
    William Edmeston Riddell & Edith Emily Ker
    William Edmeston Riddell & Edith Emily Ker
    Marriage register
    Family ID F0073  Family Group Sheet

    Family Olga Geldard Robinson,   b. 30 Oct 1914, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1999, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Marriage abt Feb 1940  Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Notes 
    • no known children
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1078  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt May 1916 - Edmonton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - abt 1938 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Fellow - abt 1939 - Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt Feb 1940 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt Feb 1940 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Died while on active service - 07 Dec 1942 - At sea, off Azores Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 32,311 13s. - 20 Nov 1944 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Edmonton, 2Q1916.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Newcastle/T, 1Q1940.

    3. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    4. [S07] Other Sources, U-boats website.
      website accessed 18 Jan 2013

    5. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    6. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Michael, Highgate, 12 Apr 1910.

    8. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Edmonton, 2Q1910.