Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon
Cecil Herbert Langridge was born on 8 November 1894, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon. By 1901, the family had moved to the High Street, Colliers Wood, at Sydney Langridge’s general store. Ten years later, at the time of the 1911 Census, Cecil and his widowed mother (together with the rest of the family) were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Cecil was listed as working as an Engineer’s Assistant (Screw Maker) for an Optical Instrument Makers.
He has two entries under the First World War Service Medal and Award Rolls:
1. Dated 1914: Cecil is listed as a Gunner for the 18th Divisional Ammunition Column and Ammunition Park, Royal Garrison Artillery; service number 40932.
2. Dated 1914-1920. Cecil had risen to the ranks of Lance Corporal, and was now serving with the Foot Branch of the Military Police.
After the war, Cecil married Elsie Hinds, in early 1922 in Southwark. At the time of the 1939 Register, his listed as working as a Scientific Instrument maker, with the couple living at 46 Violet Lane, Croydon.
Read the stories of his brothers here:
Horace Leonard Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/horace-leonard-langridge/
Sidney Harold Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sidney-harold-langridge/