Other names: Maurice Tom
Locations in this story: Stour Row, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetMapperton, Wincanton, SomersetFrance & FlandersWincanton, Somerset
Story: Maurice Tom Ridout was born in Stour Row, Dorset, in 1887 and baptised there on 1 Jan 1888 the son of William James Ridout and Mary Ridout (nee Coombs). He lived his early life in the Stour Row area and received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1902. By 1911 he was living with his parents at Mapperton, Wincanton, Somerset. He had enlisted on 28 Mar 1907 with the Territorial Force of the North Somerset Imperial Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 972). On embodiment on 5 Aug 1914 he was promoted to Corporal and served in France & Flanders. He was discharged on 1 Apr 1916 as his military undertaking had expired. He died in Wincanton, Somerset, in Apr 1917. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star. It is not known whether his name appears on any War Memorial.