Peter William Ryder

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: In 1878 in Chorlton, Lancashire and baptised 30 June 1878 at St.George`s Parish Church, Hulme, Manchester.

Family: He was the elder of two children born to Harry Ryder, a painter and decorator and his wife Ellen, nee Walters. He married Ada Jessie Gardner, nee Barnett, a widow, on 8 December 1917 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The couple had a daughter, Evelyn May, born in 1919 in Whitchurch. Ada had four children, Elsie, Alfred, Edward and Dorothy from her marriage to Frederick George Gardner.

Residence: In 1881 his family were living at 10 Rose Street, Salford, Lancashire. Ten years later they had moved to Crosscliffe Street, Moss Side, Manchester. By 1901 the family were living at 46 Raglan Street, Chorlton. In 1911 his address was 195 Withington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester. At the time of his Attestation in 1917 he gave his address as 59A Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire. When he was demobilised in 1919 he was living at 4 Raven’s Yard, Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire.However by the time he was discharged from the Army Reserve in 1920 his home was 138 Frankwell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. In 1939 he was living in the Tame Street Institution, Tame Street, Manchester.

Employment: He was a painter and decorator.

Died: In 1944 in Manchester, Lancashire, aged 64.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps  

Rank: Private

Service Number: 331277

Date of Enlistment:  20 July 1917

Date of Discharge: 16 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: Peter enlisted again in the Labour Corps (700965) and served between 2 June 1919 and 11 February 1920, including exhumation duties on the Western Front. The military records indicate Peter was born in Whitchurch; this cannot be substantiated from the civil records.

Medals and Awards

None awarded; did not serve overseas


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