William Leigh Ridgewell was born in Brighton, England on September 8, 1881, according to Who’s Who in Art (1927). He was the son of F.W. Ridgewell, a commercial traveller, and educated at Brighton Grammar School, and Brighton School of Art. He was a humorous artist, formerly lithographer, seal engraver and commercial artist.
During World War I he served in India from 1914 to 1919. In his spare time, he drew for various Indian publications and took part in the advertising of the Indian War Loan.
According to The United States Catalog: Books in Print (1928), his illustrations for Harry Graham’s More Ruthless Rhymes were published in 1928.
The U.S. Federal Census and passenger ship lists at Ancestry.com have no record of Ridgewell visiting America.