Attestation and War service
Victor joined the Battalion in the field in May 1916 and would therefore have participated in, and survived, the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
He was killed in action in the trenches near Fonquevillers on 21st January 1917 and is buried in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery.
The 5th Battalion took over trenches vacated by the 6th Battalion during the evening of the 19th January, possibly in the Right Sector of X2. However, his death did not even warrant a mention in the War Diary !
The three men killed during that trench duty were:-
- 4216 Pte J Chapman aged 22 and died of his wounds on 23/01/1917. He is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, iv. g. 2., son of john and elizabeth chapman, of 1, common side, swadlincote, burton-on-trent.
- 4666 Pte Francis Goodchild aged 21 and killed in action on 21/01/1917. He is buried in foncquevillers military cemetery, i. g. 28., son of the late william james and elizabeth elen goodchild.
- 3354 Pte Vincent Horridge aged 26 and killed in action on 21/01/1917 foncquevillers military cemetery, i. f. 13., son of william and mary ann horridge, of 13, belvoir st., ilkeston, derby.
The return of his personal belongings
On 28th September 1917 Superintendant Charles Walker reported to the Territorial Force Association that Vincent Horridge had fathered a child out of wedlock. His daughter, Hephzibah Horridge Baxter was living with her grandmother in Chapel Row, Newthorpe following the death of her mother. They were granted a pension in October 1917.
Medals and Plaque
Vincent’s British War and Victory Medals were received by his father William in 1921 (above), however, it would appear that the War Office were unable to locate any next of kin for the Plaque and Scroll (below).