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Express & Star, 8 Jun 1915

Express & Star, 8 Jun 1915

Towards the bottom of an Express & Star page covered with photographs of young men who have been killed in action, there is a small article (without a photograph), entitled “Died While Doing his Duty”. This simply states that Private W. Bridgewater, who was a brass dresser prior to the outbreak of war, had “given his life for his country”. His widow, living at 70 Shepherd Street, had received a letter from Bridgewater’s Sergeant, A. Hallett, sating that “Your husband was a good soldier, and I can assure you that he died while doing his duty.” The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site confirms that a Private W. Bridgewater (number 2794) of the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed on 12 May 1915.

William Bridgewater was born in Wolverhampton in 1888. His marriage to Elizabeth Highfield was registered in 1908, and they appear to have had at least two children (Irene G. in 1912, and Alfred L. in 1915) before he was killed. He is commemorated at the St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery.