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957 PRIVATE WILLIAM ROBERT HILL BRIDGE, 1/5TH.BATTALION, THE BUFFS (EAST KENT REGIMENT) :

Memorial Plaque - WILLIAM ROBERT HILL BRIDGE - A unique name on Commonwealth War Graves Commission : He was born at Willesborough, and resided at Ashford, Kent, where he attended the Ashford British School. A keen footballer he was a prominent member of the Ashford Wednesday Football Club : Attested for the 5th. Battalion, The Buffs at Ashford on 30 March 1911 the age of 17 years 7 months : He was a popular member of the Battalion Band in which he played the trombone : The Battalion was in India from November 1914 and on 6 December 1915 landed in Mesopotamia where it took part in operations to relieve the garrison at Kut : WILLIAM BRIDGE died of pneumonia at Filayieh on 7 June 1916 and is buried in the Amara War Cemetery : He was 23 years of age and the only son of Mr J.Bridge, Licensee of the 'Prince of Wales', public house New Street, Ashford.) : Sold with copy Service Papers; copy "letter home" written at Kamptee, India and published in the Kentish Times newspaper; copy newspaper obituary which includes a photograph of William Bridge; CWGC. information and related research NEF - £95