Wallace Purcell RIDLEY


RIDLEY, Wallace Purcell

Service Number: 305
Enlisted: 2 March 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9 March 1895
Home Town: Arncliffe, Rockdale, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Boys' High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hereford House Reunion Club Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 305, 18th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 305, 18th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 305, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Michelle Paris

Wallace Purcell RIDLEY was born on 9 March 1895 in New South Wales to Jessie Wallace MCGREGOR, age 27, and George Sackville RIDLEY, age 36.

He was teaching in Coonabarabran when he enlisted in the army on 7 March 1915.  He was 19 years old.

Sgt Wallace Purcell RIDLEY died on 27 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, when he was 20 years old - missing presumed dead during the assault on Hill 60 his body was never found.


"It has been rumored in town (says the Coonabarabran "Clarion") that Wallace Ridley is dead. A letter was received from a Coonabarabran boy, who had been bathing with Wallace, said the Turks' shells were flying about, and it appears Wallace was wounded and taken to the hospital, but his friend had not heard of him after he went to the hospital." - from the Mudgee Guardian 25 Nov 1915 (nla.gov.au)