Private Percy Bridger

Percy Bridger © Dorking Advertiser. British Library
Percy Bridger © Dorking Advertiser. British Library

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.

Private Percy Bridger was born in 1887, one of nine children born to Edwin and Sarah Bridger, Edwin was born in Forest Green and Sarah in Billingshurst The family lived at King Georges Hill, Wotton. All the children were born in Abinger. In 1911 Edwin was working as a farm labourer, possibly at Lemon’s Farm, as was his son Percy.

Of the nine children five were girls and six were boys. The girls worked as maids and the boys in manual labour. The eldest son, Edwin did not fight in the war, as he was born in 1878 he was possibly too old for active service. The second son Alfred James had married and was living in Holmbury St Mary, he was killed in action aged 39 in 1917. The other brothers William Ernest, Arthur and Albert Henry all fought in the war; like Alfred James they served in the Queens Own Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Percy Bridger Roll of Honour © Dorking Advertiser. British Library
Percy Bridger Roll of Honour © Dorking Advertiser. British Library
Percy Bridger Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser. British Library
Percy Bridger Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser. British Library

Percy was the fifth of the six brothers and unlike them he served in the Queens Royal West Sussex Regiment( G/18055). He died aged 30 on 21st September 1918 and left £26 and a war grant to Sarah, presumably his mother. He was buried at Hargicourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

Born                             Abinger, Surrey
Lived                            Wotton, Surrey

Son of                          Edwin and Sarah Bridger, King George’s Hill, Wotton

Regiment                     16th Battalion. Royal Sussex Regiment
Number                        G/18055

Date of Death               21st September 1918
Place of Death              France
Cause of Death             Killed in Action

Age                                30

Cemetery                      Hargicourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Aisne, France