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Rushden Echo, 5th February 1926, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr Charles Riddle
Sudden Death at Irchester
Sad end of a Much-Respected Resident
Mr C Riddle’s Fatal Collapse
With deep regret we have to record the death, which took place very suddenly on Wednesday, of Mr Charles Riddle, aged 72 years, a very highly respected resident of Irchester. On Wednesday morning Mr Riddle, who has for some years suffered from heart trouble, was walking down Wollaston-road, when he was suddenly taken very ill. He succeeded in getting to a seat, and passers-by gave all possible assistance, but he passed away before he could reach home, although he was within a hundred yards or so of the house.

For many years Mr Riddle was a Midland Railway signalman at Irchester, and he carried out his duties to the complete satisfaction of the authorities. A member of the Irchester Wesleyan Church, he did useful work in connection with the cause and occupied various offices, including the responsible one of society steward. On retiring from the railway service Mr Riddle emigrated with his wife to British Columbia, where their son has a fruit farm, but about 18 months ago they returned to England and made their home with Mr and Mrs A Cox, their son-in-law and daughter. The greatest sympathy is felt for the bereaved widow and members of the family.

Mr Riddle, notwithstanding his heart trouble, appeared to be in fairly good health and was able to get about as usual, making journeys to Rushden, Wellingborough and other places from time to time. He was a man of the highest character, and his death will be a heavy loss to the village.

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