H.M.Trawler STRYMON Minesweeper Casualty 1917
Minesweeper Casualty 1917. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio to W. S. A. 656 J. H. RIDSILL. SKP. R. N. R. H.M. Trawler STRYMON Skipper, Killed. Hit Mine in North Sea – 27th October 1917914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal to: W.S.A 656 J. H. RIDSILL. SKR. R.N.R.
John Henry Ridsdill, born 1867 in Bolton Percy, East Yorkshire, was Skipper of the requisitioned trawler H.M.Trawler STRYMON when she struck a mine in the North Sea 27th October 1917. All hands were lost. He is Commemorated in Withernsea Municipal Cemetery, Holderness, Humberside.
He was 50 years of age when he was killed. His son, aged 27 years of The St Egret was also killed June 1st 1919 by enemy action.
Reported in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph Friday 2nd 1917: NOVEMBER 2. 1917 admiralty report. The Secretary the Admiralty announce* the following casualties: KILLED. Sub-Lieut. S. BATSON. R.N. Skipper J. H. RIDSDILL. R.N.R, ACCIDENTALLY KILLED. Lieut. J. A. OWEN. R.N.R. Flight Lieut. A. BRANDON. R.N. DIED. Engr. Lieut. Comdr. J. S. MACHAN, R.N. DROWNED. Lieut. A. W. STONE. R.N.V.R. MISSING. Fjight Sub-Lieut. F. G. B. LINNELL. R.N, Flight Sub-Lieut. J. 8. SMITH. R.N. Plight Sub-Lieut. A. MACDONALD. R.N. Prob. Flight Officer G. H. MORANG, R.N.
Extract from The Story of Hull in World War One, John Henry Ridsdill, (56), Skipper of the Trawler ‘Strymon’, sank with his ship, on the 27th October 1917. He lived at 26 Gillett Street, Hull. His son, William Henry Ridsdill, (27) was also lost at sea, on the Trawler ‘Egret’, on the 1st June 1918. He lived with his wife Ruth at 6 Cedar Grove, Eastbourne Street, Hull.
He was 50 years of age when he was killed. His son, aged 27 years of The St Egret was also killed June 1st 1919 by enemy action
The medal roll for the Royal Naval Reserve confirms his entitlement as Ridsdill, John Henry, SKR, 656 W.S.A.
He is Remembered with Honour at the Hull Northern Cemetery and also at the Mercantile Marine Memorial, Tower Hill, London.
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