Other names: Harry Spicer
Locations in this story: Bedchester, Shaftesbury, DorsetSouthbourne, HampshireFrance & FlandersLapugnoy, Pas-de-Calais, FranceArras, Northern France
Story: Harry Spicer Rideout was born in Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in Oct 1883 the son of Jehu (sometimes mis-spelt as John) Rideout and Ellen Rideout (nee Spicer). He spent all of his early life in Bedchester until by 1911 he was living-in as a servant in a household in Southbourne, Hampshire. He had enlisted and joined the 15th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18623). He was posted to France and Flanders and died of wounds sustained in a battle near Arras, Northern France, on 11 Apr 1917. He was buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France (Grave Ref. III. C. 5.). HIs mother was in receipt of a pension until 1927. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His gravestone is inscribed 'The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God'.