Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon
Sidney Harold Langridge was born on 19 August 1891, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon. He was baptised on 4 October that same year, at the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Mitcham. 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, Sidney and his widowed mother (together with the rest of the family) were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Sidney was listed as working as a Clerk at a General Surgical Instrument Maker’s.
In 1915, a year after the outbreak of the First World War, Sidney was posted to France with the Royal Field Artillery, first as a Driver then as a Gunner. There are two entries for him in the First World War Service Medals and Award Rolls 1914-1920 (both listing him as ‘Stanley’).
After the war, Sidney married Catherine Wheeler, on 20 November 1927, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Addiscombe, Croydon. The couple lived at 229 Addiscombe Road, Croydon in 1939, when Sidney worked as a Hospital Supplies Manager. He died in 1979, aged 87.
Read the stories of his brothers here:
Horace Leonard Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/horace-leonard-langridge/
Cecil Herbert Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/cecil-herbert-langridge/