Dudley Howard Ridout

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Sir Dudley Howard Ridout
Born 1866
Died 3 May 1941
Richmond upon Thames
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Unit Royal Engineers
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath, Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Major-General Sir Dudley Howard Ridout KBE, CB, CMG (1866 – 3 May 1941) was a British soldier of the Royal Engineers.


He was born in 1866. His father, Major Joseph B. Ridout was a British soldier who served on the Bhutan expedition with the 80th Regiment 1864-5. His father had been on the staff of the Hythe School of Musketry and was the captain of cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario Canada. His grandfather Thomas Gibbs Ridout was deputy assistant commissary general during the War of 1812 and a cashier of the Bank of Canada from 1822 to 1861.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Dudley Ridout graduated at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1885.[2] He was an intelligence officer in South Africa from 1900 to 1902.[2]

He served in World War I and was transferred to Singapore Command where from 1915 to 1921 he was General Officer Commanding the Troops in the Straits Settlements and a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils there.[2] He retired in 1924.[2]

He died in 1941 in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames and was buried in Richmond Cemetery, Section 8, grave number 9479.[3]


Ridout Row, the row of two terraces of eight small four roomed cottages with an outdoor courtyard on the ground of RMC, was named in honour of Dudley Howard Ridout's father, Captain Joseph Bramley Ridout. The Ridout Row was renovated and currently houses the Canadian Defence Academy headquarters.[4]


Dudley Howard Ridout's father Captain Joseph Bramley Ridout was the first Captain of Cadets at the RMC from 1876 to 1882. Dudley Howard Ridout's grandfather was the Assistant Commissary-General during the War of 1812.[4] Dudley Ridout was married to Lady Maud Ridout. His son was Colonel Dudley Bramley Graham RIDOUT CBE who commanded 1/6 South Staffordshires in Normandy 1944.


  1. ^ Preston 'Canada's RMC: A history of the Royal Military College' Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1969
  2. ^ a b c d Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ People of Note buried in the borough
  4. ^ a b Ridout Row


  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
Military offices
Preceded by
Raymond Reade
GOC Troops in the Straits Settlements
Succeeded by
Sir Neill Malcolm