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Name: Prothesa Ridgway

Burial Number: 1755

Gender: Female

Born: 06/04/1857

Died: 19/11/1942

Buried: 23/11/1942


Prothesa Florence was born on 6th April 1857 in Millbrook Hampshire, to Joseph Reep and Betsey Beer (nee Jetford).  Joseph worked as a Clerk for a Steam company, and later for a Gas Company. In 1861 the family are living at Millbrook Close, Millbrook, Southampton. In 1871 they have moved to 1 Clarendon Terrace Southampton.

On 17th April 1886 Prothesa Florence married William Henry Ridgeway at Parish Church of St James church, Southampton. They had 3 children- Henry Nelsen or Kelsey Ridgway born 1888 South Stoneham Hants, Kathleen born 1890 Birkenhead Cheshire, Harold Edwin born 1896 Birkenhead Cheshire.

William became 2nd mate in the Merchant Service on 5th June 1880. He became 1st mate on 21st May 1883 and was promoted to Master on 23rd February 1885.  From the year 1891 to his death William Ridgeway was a staunch supporter of the Mercantile Marine Service Association, this was an organisation formed in 1857 to have a voice against the government.  He served with Messrs. Cayzer Irvine and Co Ltd (A cargo and passenger shipping company) and during WW1 war was engaged in transporting troops and supplies, and he received in return for such services special recognition from the government, being issued the Mercantile Marine Ribbon on 11th August 1919 and then the Mercantile Marine Medal on the 24th March 1921

In 1901 Prothesa and her children are living at 16 Hollybank Road Birkenhead Cheshire. William is not currently at home and could be on duties abroad.

In 1911 William is still not at home and Prothesa is living at 59 West Bank Road, Birkenhead Cheshire with 2 of her children – Henry Nelson and Harold Edwin

In 1921 Prothesa and her Husband are living at ‘Delota’ Shakespeare Road Worthing. William died on 22nd November 1921 of heart failure.  By 1939 Prothesa is living on private means at 30 Oakwood Avenue Beckenham Kent, with her Daughter Kathleen who has married Heston Leak.

Prothesa died on 19th November 1943 at 22 Overbury Avenue Beckenham Kent, and was buried with her husband William Henry Ridgeway at Heene Cemetery. She left £4664 15s 2d, probate to Henry Kelsey Ridgeway and Kathleen Leak.


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Prothesa Ridgway

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 3 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): modern.people.stack

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In ever loving memory of Captain William Henry Ridgway who died at Worthing Sept. 22nd 1921 as a result of service at sea during the war aged 62 years. Also of Lieut. Harold Edwin Ridgway son of the above who fell in action at the battle of Messines June 7th 1917 aged 21 years. "Victor he rose victorious too shall rise, they who have drank his cup of sacrifice" And of Prothesa Florence Ridgway widow of the above born April 6th 1857 died November 19th 1942 "In Thy presence is fulness of joy"

Further Information


Name: Prothesa Florence Ridgway

Gender: Female

Born: 06/04/1857

Town: Southampton

County: Hampshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Beer

Marriage Date: //1886

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Second Name: Henry

Spouse Last Name: Ridgway

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/11/1942

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Home of St Barnabas

Address line 2: 22

Address line 3: Overbury Avenue

Town: Beckenham

County: Kent

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 3 Feb 1943

Mrs Prothesa Florence Ridgway of 32 Overbury Avenue, Beckenham, Kent who died on November 19th last aged 85 years, widow of Captain W H Ridgway, of Birkenhead and Worthing left £4664.15s.2d. gross, with net personalty £2945.15s.7d.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4664 15 s 2 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Millbrook Road, Millbrook

Joseph R Beer (Head) age 50, Betsey (Wife) age 49, Thomas (Son) age 21, Edwin (Son) age 17,  Emma (Daughter) age 15, Henry (Son) age 10, Mary C (Daughter) age 7, Prothesa F (Daughter) age 4, plus 1 servant


1 Clarenden Terrace Southampton

Joseph Beer (Head) age 55, Emma (Daughter) age 25, Mary C (Daughter) age 17, Prothesa F (Daughter) age 13


2 Warwick terrace, Freemantle, Christchurch

Emma Beer (Head) age 33, Mary C (Sister) age 27, Prothesa F (Sister) age 23


Living at 16 Hollybank Road, Birkenhead – Prothesa F 33yrs, Henry N 2yrs, Kathleen 11mths, Emma Beer 45yrs Sister in Law, Anastasia Doyle 17yrs General Domestic Servant


Living at 16 Holly Bank Road, Birkenhead – Florence 41yrs, Henry N 12yrs, Kathleen 10yrs, Harold E 4yrs, Ellen Williams 22yrs General Servant


Living at 58 West Bank Road, Birkenhead – Florence 50yrs, Henry Nelson 22yrs Electrician, Harold Edwin 14yrs, Stanley Slater BankClerk 26yrs Visitor, Elizabeth McIver 21yrs General Servant


1939 census       30 Oakwood Avenue Beckenham Kent

Hector Leak age 52, Kathleen leak age 49, William H Leak age 21, Anthony Leak age 20, Dennis G Leak age 10, Prothesa F Ridgeway age 80

Miscellaneous Information

Marriage certificate for William and Prothesa Ridgway