Other names: Maurice
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetPortsmouth, Hampshire
Story: Maurice Burridge was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 May 1890 and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 15 Jun 1890 the son of Charles Burridge, a Blacksmith and Farrier, and Agnes Burridge (nee Flower). He lived all his early life at home in Hawkesdene Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, until he enlisted in the Royal Navy on the 4 Jun 1913 as a Cook (Service No. M. 6038). He served in many ships during his time in the Navy and following the end of the war period was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Dorothy Ada Evans in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 1924. In Sept 1928 he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was eventually discharged on 3 Jun 1935 and by the time of the 1939 Register was living at 44 Hale Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, described as a Saw Mill Labourer and Royal Naval Pensioner. At the outbreak of World War 2 he had re-enlisted but was rejected on health grounds suffering from lumbago and rheumatism. His death was reported in Portsmouth during 1975. His brothers, George Burridge and Walter Burridge, also served during the conflict as well as their cousin, Percy Albert Burridge, who had used the family address in Cann on the Absent Voters List from 1918 up until 1921.