Cpl
Hugh Decimus Bridge

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
02/01/1890
Lieu de naissance:
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Informations générales

Profession:
Clerk

Informations service militaire

Pays:
New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Corporal
Numéro de service:
24332
Incorporation date:
03/04/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Unités:
 —  New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
25/11/1917
Lieu de décès:
Jubilee Croft, Beselare, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
27

Cimetière

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XII
Rangée: A
Tombe: 9

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

Corporal Bridge was part of the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He enlisted in April 1916. He joined his unit in the field in June 1917. Hugh was appointed Lance Corporal in July, temporary Corporal in July and offical Corporal on 13th November.

The New Zealand Division was in the Polygon Wood area, after the end of the Third Battle of Ypres. On the 15th of November, the 1st and 4th Battalions proceeded into the front line at Reutel. The 3rd Battalion moved into support behind them. Headquarters of the front-line battalions were located in German tunnels beneath the Butte in Polygon Wood. The artificial hill was a prominent landmark in the barren landscape and it was frequently subjected to shellfire. On the night of 19/20 November Hugh’s battalion moved into the front line at Reutel. Much of the time was spent in wiring, repairing crumbling trenches and improving defences. The landscape was covered with waterlogged shellholes. The opposing German forces generally held higher ground and movement in the New Zealand lines was often observed and shelled or machine-gunned.

On the night of 26th November the 2nd and 3rd Battalions were relieved by 1st Wellington and 3rd Otago. Hugh, 27, was killed on 25 November 1917, while his Battalion was holding the line near Reutel. Hugh was buried near Jubilee Croft (J.10.b.90.90.). His remains were exhumed after the war and interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. The casualties of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade for November 1917 were 41 killed and 105 wounded.

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Auckland Cenotaph
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C1602?n=24332&ordinal=2&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480129/bridge,-hugh-decimus/
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NZEF-Project
https://nzef.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=27828
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Service Record
https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/FullItem.do
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The Long, Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources utilisées
W.S. Austin. The official history of the NZ Rifle Brigade East-Sussex: (The Earl of Liverpool's Own).The Naval & Military Press Ltd., 2007, pp 251-255
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