war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames R

J M Redman, grave, by Michelle and Andy CooperRedman, J. M.
John Marshall Redman, 14905, was in the Royal Engineers and attached to the Engineer in Chief at the GHQ. He was 30 when he died on 15 November 1918 and now lies at St Sever Cemetery Extension, France. S III V 8

His father was John Redman and his wife was Ellen Elizabeth Redman living at 19 Woolcomber Street, Dover 

courtesy Dover ExpressRichardson, F. W.
Frederick William Richardson, 3/10173, of 118 Heathfield Avenue was a Private in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) 2nd battalion. He was born in Eccleshall, Yorkshire, and enlisted in Coalville, Leicestershire. He came to Dover with his regiment from a mission to Koomassie and was called up from the Reserve to serve in the Boer War. He worked at the collieries near Dover and was employed at one near Liecester when war broke out 

He died on 10 April 1915 and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel 9 and 10

Sadly, the same year his widow Rose Margaret Richardson 39 was killed in an accident. She had been crossing the High Street to a furniture store at 4.20pm on 13 December when she was knocked down by a horse pulling a trolley. She died at 6pm the following Sunday. The couple had four children; Kathleen 16, and her younger siblings aged 12, 10, and 8. Although barely able to speak Mrs Richardson constantly asked Kathleen to look after the children, and asked to see them just before she died

Sadly, in September 1916, one of her sons, Frederick, appeared before Dover Police Court. He had been sent to St Nicholas RC Industrial School, Ilford, but had escaped during exercise and had not returned until 10 o'clock. He was ordered to remain at the school until he was 16, and to be under control until the age of 18. 

Richardson, W.
William Richardson, 27596, was a Serjeant of Z company in the 24th Trench Mortar Battery RGA. He was 29 when he was killed in action on 26 March 1917. He is buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France. II C 12

He was the son of Mrs K Crowe (formerly Richardson) of Walthamstow, London, and the late William Richardson, and he was the husband of A. Richardson from 13 Lascelles Road, Maxton, Dover

temporary grave marker, courtesy Paul WellsRigden, C. O. 
Cecil Osborne Rigden was a Flying Officer in the RAF 216th Squadron. He was working as an electrician for Martin's when he joined the Territorial Army and later the Royal Flying Corps. By April 1918 he was a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in 214 Squadron in France and then after the Armistice on 21 June 1919 was posted to 216 Squadron in Egypt

He, aged 23, and two crew members were accidentally killed on 20 November gravestone, by Joyce Banks1920 while flying on mail duty in a de Havilland DH10. The court enquiry stated: "An error of judgment on the part of Flying Officer Rigden who realising when half-way round his turn into wind that he had very little height in which to complete his turn endeavoured to get round quickly instead of straightening out and circling again"  

The stone, above left was formerly at a chapel in Snargate Street. It reads "In affectionate memory of Cecil Osborne Rigden Flight Officer RAF aged 23 years. Killed in aeroplane accident near Cairo on Monday November 29 1920. Interred at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. P 112. At the bottom of the inscription are the words Cairo cemetery, looking back towards entrance, by Andy and Michelle Cooper"I hope to see my pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar" The same words are inscribed at the bottom of his headstone in Cairo

Cecil Rigden was the son of Frederick and Florence Rigden from 100 Folkestone Road, Dover. The couple had married in 1895. In 1911 the family had been living at 4 De Vere Gardens, Salisbury Road, where Frederick was a Clerk for the Prudential Insurance. With them  was Alice Everett, mother of Florence.

Cecil had been engaged to be married to Miss Harvey from Elms Vale Road.

research by Paul Wells first published on 2 February 2006 Dover Mercury, an article entitled "Pilot's resting place under Egyptian sun"
Pictures: F/O Rigden's temporary grave marker cross by kind permission of Paul Wells.
Snargate Street stone with thanks to Lesley.
Cairo headstone and cemetery with thanks to Andy and Michelle Cooper. F/O Rigden's grave is in a block on the right foreground

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