The Times, Tuesday, Aug 3, 1954 OBITUARY|
COLONEL T. K. G. RIDLEY|
Colonel Thomas Kenneth Gordon Ridley, O.B.E., M.C., T.D., died at his home at Redcar, Yorkshire, yesterday, at the age of 59.
He had a distinguished military career, winning the Military Cross in the 1914-18 War and rising to be commanding officer of the unit he entered as a ranker.
At the outbreak of that war he volunteered for his local unit of the Yorkshire regiment, preferring to "start at the bottom" although he had had four years in training in the officers' training corps at Oundle School, where he was educated.
He was eventually persuaded to apply for a commission in 1915, becoming a captain in the Teeside Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment when it was reformed in 1920, was promoted to major in 1930, was given the brevet of lieutenant-colonel in 1935, and attained substantive rank in 1937, the year after becoming commanding officer of the battalion.
Later he commanded the Middlesborough Garrison, which was charged with the defence of Teesside in the 1939-45 War and those duties earned him the O.B.E. in 1942.
In 1945 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the North Riding of Yorkshire and a magistrate and he also received the Territorial Decoration in 1934.
LONDON 1 Dec 1954 Probate|
RIDLEY, Thomas Kenneth Gordon - of 7 Nelson-terrace, Redcar, Yorkshire, died 2 August 1954, Probate London, 1 December, to Zela Margaret Ridley, widow, Gillian Constance Morrison (wife of Gilbert Stewart Morrison) and Susan Margaret Ridley, spinster.|
Effects £12,750 16s. 7d.