RIDLEY, Arthur William.
Born at Hollington House, Hampshire, 11th September 1852.
Died at Westminster, London, 10th August 1916.
The third son of the Rev. N.J. Ridley, of Hollington House, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berkshire (according to the Eton Register), he was educated at Eton, where he was a member of the cricket eleven 1870-71 and won the double and single rackets in 1871. He went up to Christ Church College, Oxford, winning his blue for cricket 1872-75 and being captain in 1875. He played in 96 first-class matches, 10 for Hampshire, 16 for Middlesex and one for Kent as a given man. He was a member of the MCC Committee 1875-82, 1884-88 and 1889-93. He was a director of the Cannon Brewery Co. Ltd., London. In 1905 he was living at 92 Eaton Place, Belgrave Square, London. His younger brother Arthur Bayley played in two matches for Hampshire in 1884-85 and his son-in-law, P.J.S. Pearson-Gregory played for Nottinghamshire.
The 1881 Census finds him at 24 Clarges Street, Hanover Square, London, lodging with Charles Fepier, aged 61, a French chef, and his wife, Diana, aged 57, and daughter, Hortense, unmarried, aged 26. He is “RIDLEY or KIDLEY,” aged 28, born at Newbury, Berkshire, a merchant. There is another lodger, Arthur H. Frese, unmarried, aged 20, born Cambridge, a South American merchant. There is one domestic servant.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)