Pte 17/641 West Yorkshire Regiment Prince of Wales Own. 2nd Leeds

There are two possibilities for Fred Bridgement’s birth. The first is that he was born in 1897 in Buckrose and died in 1958. However, the other option has a great deal more detail to it.

It is possible that Fred was born to Philip Bridgement, a coal hewer, and Elizabeth Thornton. The two could have been married in Dewsbury in September of 1889. Fred may also have had a sister named Nellie, born in 1894.

Looking at this possible thread results in Fred’s occupation before the war being listed as a trammer below ground in a coal mine.

Fred enlisted on New Year’s Eve, 1914, but did not go to France the following year as he is not recorded as having been awarded the 1915 Star. Interestingly, the 17th Battalion was a bantam battalion – therefore one can assume that he was somewhere between 4ft 10 and 5ft 3.

He was awarded the Military Medal which was gazetted on the 26th May 1917 and may have been won during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

25th November 1919: Discharged from the army.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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