Tollard Royal War Memorial

Percy John Moore Rideout

Surname: Rideout
Other names: Percy John Moore
Other people in this story:
Emily Rideout
Christiana Cuthbertson née Rideout
William Cuthbertson
Dr. Robert Sawyer
Walter Rideout
Mary Elizabeth Gwilliam nee Rideout
Locations in this story:
East Orchard, Dorset
France & Flanders
Thiepval Memorial, France
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Cann Cottage, Cann, Shaftesbury

Percy John Moore Rideout was born on 29th February 1888 in East Orchard, Dorset. He was the son of Christiana Rideout. Census records show him living with his grandparents, Walter and Emily Rideout, in East Orchard. In 1895 Christiana married William Cuthbertson. The 1901 Census shows that she was working as a living in Domestic Servant for Dr. Robert Sawyer of Cann Cottage, Cann, Shaftesbury, with no mention of her husband. She died in 1918. At the time of the 1911 Census Percy was single, working as a groom and living with his grandmother Emily Rideout in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.

On 12th August 1914 Percy enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment (Service No. 14052) (Service No. 10183) later transferring, on 21st May, 1915, to the 7th Battalion with new Service No. 10183. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was reported missing in action and presumed dead on 13th August 1916. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier and Face 6B and 6C) and on the Tollard Royal War Memorial. His next-of-kin was accepted as his Aunt, Mary Elizabeth Gwilliam (Nee Rideout), Kings Road, Sunnyhill, Berkshire.  


Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives