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Charles Ruben Ritchie Bridge

Service or Civilian:

9th Battalion Essex Regiment

Rank or Occupation:

Lance Corporal

Birth Details:

Leigh-on-Sea, 1894


60 High Street, Leigh-on-Sea

Known Relatives:

Charles Bridge, Father
Lizzie Bridge, Mother
Ruby Bridge, Sister

Arthur Bridge, Brother
Ivy Bridge, Sister
Ella Bridge, Sister
Walter Bridge, Brother
George Bridge, Brother


Death Details:

Died of wounds, 29th January 1916

Burial Location:

Leigh Cemetery, Leigh-on-Sea

Southend Connection:

Leigh born and bred.

Story Summary:

Charles Ruben Ritchie Bridge was born in Old Leigh in 1894 and the family lived at 60 High Street, Leigh-on-Sea over the course of several decades.

Most of the Bridge family were Fishermen but Charles was a Butcher's Boy for the local butcher, who would have delivered orders around the town.

Charles joined the 9th Battalion of the Essex Regiment - better known at 'The Hungry Ninth' and was Service Number 13046.

The 9th Battalion landed in France in May 1915 and went on to fight on the Western Front through many of the best known battles of the Great War.

Charles Bridge was injured and shipped back to Britain, but sadly died of his wounds on the 29th January 1916.


Additional Details:



Bridge 1911 Census_edited
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Charles Bridge CWGC 3
Charles Bridge Casulaty Record
Charles Bridge Birth Record
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