Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon
Horace Leonard Langridge was born on 3 November 1892, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon. In the Surrey Church of England Baptism records for 1813-1912, Horace’s baptism took place at St Luke’s Church, Woodside, Croydon on 5 February 1893; his father is listed as working as a Railway Clerk, with the family living at 3 The Oval, 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, Horace and his widowed mother were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Horace was listed as working as a Clerk in a General Coal Merchant’s store.
During the First World War, Horace served as a Gunner in the London Brigade (Heavy Battery), Royal Garrison Artillery. Nothing else is known about his wartime service, as his papers were among the many destroyed in the London Blitz of the Second World War.
He survived the war, and married Ethel Day on 23 July 1921, at St Saviour’s Church, Croydon. The couple lived at 12 Torridge Road, Croydon, at the time of the 1939 Register. He died on 24 January 1984, when he had been living at Longmead House, Buxton Lane, Caterham, aged 92.
Read the stories of his brothers here:
Cecil Herbert Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/cecil-herbert-langridge/
Sidney Harold Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sidney-harold-langridge/