Other names: Cecil
Locations in this story: Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Cecil Burridge was born in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th August 1887, the son of Lot Burridge and Ellen Burridge (née Ryall). He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Compton Abbas area. He enlisted and joined the 1st F.S.G. Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 34538). It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge was awarded the British War Medal only. The 1921 Census shows him living with his widowed father at 20 Sand (or Land) Lane, Compton Abbas, assisting his father as a Blacksmith and by the time of the 1939 Register he was recorded with his brother at 26 Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, still working as a blacksmith. He remained single all his life and he died in the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17 Jan 1967.