Samuel was born on the 21st March1889 at 572 High Street, Over, Cheshire and was one of eleven children to John T and Annie Margaret Ridgway (nee Skinner) His father was a police constable originally from Nantwich and by 1901 was the constable for Preston Brook. Samuel’s mother had been born in the Isle of Man.
The family consisting of elder sisters Amelia and Mary, younger sister Margaret and younger brother John all lived at the police “station” on the Chester Road. Another elder sister, Sarah was not living at home and sadly five other children had died in infancy.
Before 1911, John’s police work had taken the family to Wavertree in Liverpool and by 1911, John had retired from the police force. Samuel was working as a brass moulder in a foundry. Their home address was now 86 Langton Road.
Samuel served as a private in the 5th Battalion of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment (number 202169). This was the same battalion where his younger brother was also serving.
Samuel’s brother, John, was killed in action on the 20th September 1917 in Flanders.
Samuel died in the Home Theatre on the 2nd April 1918.