Tuesday, September 23, 2014

115996 Gunner Herbert Langridge, Royal Garrison Artillery

Herbert Langridge was born around 1878 and appears on the 1881 census living with his family at 2, New Cottages, Chailey.  The household comprised James Langridge (head, married, a 25 year old carpenter and game keeper), his wife Ellen Langridge (nee Wilson, aged 27) and their two sons, Herbert (aged two) and Arthur (aged one).  The boys and their father had all been born in Chailey; Ellen was born in Mayfield.

By the time the 1891 census was taken, the family was living at Roeheath Cottages, Chailey.  No additions to the family are noted.  Ten years later, the 1901 census has the family staying at 2, Roeheath Cottages, Chailey.  Herbert is recorded as a 23 year old plumber and painter.

Chailey Parish Magazine notes in January 1916 that Herbert Langridge has attested, and in October 1916 that, Langridge, Gunner H, RGA is in England.  This must be Herbert as the other H Langridge (Henry J Langridge) mentioned in the parish magazine, is noted as having attested medically unfit.

In October 1918 the magazine notes that Lance-Bombardier H Langridge has been wounded and this information is then repeated monthly up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.

The National Archives gives one possibly for a Herbert Langridge serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and that is 115996 Gunner Herbert Langridge.  Chailey Parish Magazine also mentions an Arthur Langridge serving with the Royal Field Artillery and this is probably Herbert’s brother.
Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.

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