Contributed by: Eileen Bridger nee Reay, on 2008-11-11
|Year of Birth||1890|
|Year of Death||1919|
|Regiment||Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Willesden, Greater London|
George Bridger is my wife's uncle. He was born in Willesden London on the 4th July 1890 the eldest son of Lucy Dean and George Bridger. Nothing is known of George's early life or if he married until sometime in at the outbreak of WW1 when he enlisted into the army at Fulham recruiting office London, possibly in early 1914. he became private G Bridger service No3/6056 of the 1st battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light infantry.
When war was declared in August 1914 the 1st battalion were in barracks in Ireland as part of the 14th brigade 5th division. They moved immediatley to France disembarking on the 27th December 1914 as part of the British expeditionary force, B.E.F.
The 1st battalion took part in many of the first actions of the war 1914/15, amongst the famous actons were Mons, Marne, Massines, first battle of Ypres, including the capture of hill 60 and the second battle of Ypres earning the famouse name of "The Old Contemptibles".
The battalion fought in most of the well known battles on the Western Front during 1914 to 1918, Harry Patch being the most known soldier of the regiment.
George survived the war but weakened by years in the trenches and gas attacks and ill health he sadly died on the 8th February 1919 aged 29 and is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery near Pirbright Surrey.
My uncle George.