Sam was born in Penrith however by the time he was aged 5, in 1891, he was living in Bradford.
He came from a family of six children, having three older and two younger siblings. In 1911 the family were living at 32 Fitzroy Road, Bradford Moor although by then three of the children had left home. Sam was a milkman.
The CWGC have the following details for Sam: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ridley, of 33, Lane Side, Queensbury. Sam’s effects after his death went to his oldest sister Esther. Esther never married and she died aged 56 in 1933.
Serving in the 2nd Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, Sam was killed in action on 12th October 1916, aged 31.
The 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s were part of 4th Division and on 12th October were in action close to Lesboeufs fighting in the Battle of Le Transloy (1st – 18th October) which was one of the final phases of the 1916 campaign on the Somme. There is a detailed report of the action in the Battalion war diary recording the casualties for the day:
Officers: killed 5, wounded 2, missing 2. Other Ranks: killed 43, wounded 236, missing 54.
Sam is now buried at LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL (9.E.44). His body having been exhumed from the battlefield where he had been buried with his comrade Private Joseph Walsh (their graves are now next to each other). Sam was identified by his uniform, unit shoulder titles and boots which were stamped W.RID 20194, his Army service number.