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James Richard BRIDGER

Regimental number2572
Date of birth3 June 1895
Place of birthMaclean, New South Wales
SchoolMaclean Public School, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCoachtrimmer
AddressRiver Street, Maclean, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Mr Bridger, River Street, Maclean, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Discharge date17 June 1919
Family/military connectionsCousins: 18528 Driver Adolphus Owen ENGLERT, 11th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 23 September 1918; Lt Harcourt Justin ENGLERT, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 May 1919.
Other details

War service: proceeded to join 12th Bn, Zeitoun, Egypt, 1 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 5 April 1916. Promoted Sergeant, 14 December 1916.

Marched in to No. 5 Officer Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 7 April 1917. Appointed 2nd Lt, 31 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 September 1917; rejoined unit, 20 September 1917.

Admitted to 10th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 October 1917 (trench feet); transferred to England, 19 October 1917, and admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital, 20 October 1917. Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 14 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 January 1918; rejoined unit, 26 January 1918. Promoted Lt, 1 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia as shipUs subaltern on board HT 'Derbyshire', 2 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 17 April 1919, to disembark Sydney; discharged 17 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 May 1969
Place of burialWoronora Cemetery (Methodist Portion), New South Wales

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