Hutton Riddell, Anthony


‘Tony’ Hutton Riddell was the only son of Richard Hutton Riddell (E 1895-1898), of The Twitten House, Newick, Sussex. His mother was Christina Robertson Hutton Riddell, the daughter of Peter Robertson Rodger.  He came to Winchester College (Mr. Altham’s House) in 1932 from Copthorne School. A keen, if not particularly gifted games player, he  represented his House in both cricket and Association, besides being a good high-jumper. He reached Sixth Book before he left, and won “Holgate” in Senior Part. On leaving Winchester he went to Oriel College, Oxford, from which he was commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in October 1939 (gazetted November 15th 1939). Transferring to the Royal Dragoons in Palestine in April 1940, he fought in Syria in 1941 and was wounded and taken prisoner by Vichy French forces. Repatriated to Beirut from Italy in September 1941, he wrote an admirable account of his experiences which appeared in The Cavalry Journal.

He subsequently took part with ‘B’ Squadron in the whole North African advance to beyond Tobruk, and was awarded the MC in September 1942, but was killed when the ship on which he was returning from leave in Egypt was torpedoed off Derna on March 27th 1943.

Convoy XT-7 had left Alexandria on March 25th, bound for Tripoli. One of its vessels was the “City of Guildford”, a steamer owned by Ellerman Lines of Liverpool.   During the afternoon of 28th March 1943 she was spotted by a German submarine, U-593, whose commanding officer, Gerd Kelbling, fired four torpedoes at the convoy. A few minutes later he heard three explosions, and decided that he had hit two ships. In fact, he had hit only the City of Guildford.  Of the 142 men on board: seventy crewmen, eleven gunners, and forty-eight army personnel who were, like Hutton Riddell, in transit, only thirteen survived to be picked up by the escort HMS Exmoor.

Hutton Riddell’s body was recovered from the sea, and he is buried in grave XXXII.E.9 of the El Alamein War Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the memorial in Newick Parish Church.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hutton Riddell
  • Forenames or initials: Anthony
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1932-1936
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 1st Royal Dragoon Guards
  • Date of Birth: 9th February 1919
  • Date of Death: 28th March 1943
  • How Died: Killed by Enemy Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A1
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave XXXII.E.9