BRIDGE Charles William
Regiment : Inland Water Transport Royal Engineers
Service number : 227166
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 5th February 1917 aged 38
Buried : Old Swinford (St Mary) Churchyard, Worcestershire, England, in South-West part near West Boundary.
Birthplace : Dudley, Worcestershire, enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Agnes Bridge; husband of Mary Bridge, 18 Church Road, Old Swinford
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Old Swinford St Mary's Church with the additional information: Spr. R.E.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
The birth of Charles William Bridge is registered in the December Quarter 1878 under the Dudley Registration District.
Charles Bridge and his family lived at 16 Church Road, Oldswinford, and before 1914 he held the responsible post as manager of the Cradley Printing Company. In spite of his age of 38 he was obliged to register for military service some time towards the end of 1916. He was called up early in January 1917 in the Royal Engineers and sent for training. The sudden transition to military life and training proved too much for him. The County Express referred to him as ‘never robust’, although he must have passed the basic medical for military service. Within five weeks he had developed serious problems. He was sent to the Minster Hospital at Ramsgate but never recovered. He left a wife and two children. Charles had been a loyal member of St. Mary’s congregation and his funeral took place on the 8th February followed by burial in Oldswinford cemetery. The parish magazine paid him the following tribute: ‘We record with deep regret the loss of Sapper Charles Bridge, another victim of the War, not from shot or shell, but from pleurisy and pneumonia contracted during service at home. He was a model husband and father, a Churchman and Communicant, and one of our Sidesmen. Much sympathy is felt for those he leaves behind, but they will have the comfort of knowing how much he was honoured and respected by all with whom he was associated.’