William G Bridgement
Bridgement, Gunner William G. no.35590.
1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade, formerly Australian Field Artillery Brigade May 1917 Reinforcements MM.
“Ruelmer” Redman Street Canterbury.
Born 1896 at Orange, son of William & Mena Sophia Bridgement.
Enlisted at Sydney 16/2/1917, aged 21.
Church of England.
Next of kin, father, William Bridgement, Redman Street, Canterbury.
Embarked from Sydney 2/8/1917 per HMAT A28 Miltiades.
Military Medal Recommendation;
3rd Battery, Australian Field Artillery: no.35590 Gunner William Bridgement MM no.2317 Gunner Claude Henry Watson Knowles MM:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 22nd/23rd August 1918 at Proyart. As Linesmen with the group Forward Operating Officer Gunners Bridgement and Knowles established and maintained communication with Battalion Battle Headquarters, under exceptional heavy shell and machine gun fire they were constantly repairing the line during the whole night and succeeded in keeping the Forward Operating Officer in constant touch with the Battalion Commander, affording their Brigade full opportunities to support the advancing infantry.
Returned to Australia 20/6/1919.
Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.
Married Edith Mary.
Lived Adelaide Street, Belmore after the war. Had three children (Beryl, Bruce and Elaine).
President of the Belmore National Emergency Service in World War II.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1777169/ [accessed 29/07/2016].
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002