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William Henry Bridge

Portrait, William Bridge 1916, aged 19, seated holding staff, cap with Reinforcements badge, Rifle Brigade collar badges, shoulder badge (brass) on left epaulette ? 20th Reinforcement? (photograph provided by Sandra Baker 2008). - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, William Bridge 1916, aged 19, seated holding staff, cap with Reinforcements badge, Rifle B …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Bridge AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 31110 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 January 1897 AWMM TahekeNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 20 August 1916 AWMM Kohukohu, Hokianga, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs W.H. Bridge (mother), Koutu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 January 1917 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 20 August 1916 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Storekeeper/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      slight scar over right patella (knee) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Featherston Camp 29 August 1916 Influenza AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Featherston Camp 3 October 1916 measles AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Bridge was born Hokianga, the son of William Henry and Alice Gertrude Bridge, second eldest of 6, school Otaua School at Punakitere and briefly Waimamaku School.

    Attended Auckland Grammar school 1911, 1912.

    The parents as next of kin address is given as 39 Disraeli Street, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Returned to Hokianga after schooling working as storekeeper at Kohukohu.

    He wrote home during the War urging his younger brother, George, not to come over " that it was a hell hole". George did join, attesting, unbeknown to him, the very day his brother Henry was killed.

    William was killed at Passchendaele.

    Family placed a photograph in Auckland War memorial Museum WW1 Sanctuary October, November 2008

    Known as Henry by family. Biographical details including stories of Henry on file AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kaikohe War Memorial Hall, Memorial Drive Kaikohe Far North AWMM
    • Kohukohu Town Hall, 25 Beach Road, Kohukohu, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • At 5.30am on a bitterly cold wet Friday, 12 October 1917, Henry Bridge, C Company, 2 Battalion NZRB was in the first wave to go over the top at Passchendaele. Only a few short hours later, possibly somewhere in the vicinity of Wolf Farm or Wolf Copse his short life came to an abrupt end.

    Not forgotten
    Public - Sandra Lee - Other relative - 15 October 2021
  • Born 9th January 1897 at Taheke Northland, Lived in Kohukohu NZ, Mother was Alice Gertrude Bridge, Father was Henry William Bridge, William was only 20 when he was killed in action
    Public - Kevin John - Other relative - 14 October 2018



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 July 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
15 October 2021Sandra LeeManly, WHANGAPARAOAOther relative
14 October 2018Kevin JohnTapanui, Gore NZOther relative
13 January 2016Online CenotaphAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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