Alfred is remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.
Born: 1895, Little Holland, Essex.
Died: 2nd April 1917; age 22; KiA.
Employment: as a Porter and Ticket Taker for Great Eastern Railway, at Ipswich. He first entered the company in June 1914 as a Lad Porter at Kirby Cross, Essex.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Joined the Colours in January 1916.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 21098.
Regiment: Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 24296, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred John & Annie Bridges, of The Haven, Little Holland, Essex.
1901 The Haven, Little Holland, Essex.
Alfred was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred John Bridges, 37, a Sluice Man – Harbour, born Great Holland.
Annie Bridges (nee Howard), 37, born Weeley, Essex.
Eliza Bridges, 9, born Great Holland.
William Bridges, 8, born Great Holland.
Arthur George Bridges, 4, born Little Holland.
Alice Bridges, 2, born Little Holland.
Florence Mabel Bridges, 3 months, born Little Holland.
1911 Lodge Farm, Kirkley Cross, Essex.
Alfred was 16 years old, he was a Farm Labourer and 1 of 5 servants living at Lodge Farm for employer 41 year old, Arthur Gilbert Smale, a Gentleman Farmer.
Soldiers’ Effects to Alfred J. Bridges – father.
Alfred’s brother, Arthur George Bridges also lost his life during the First World War. Arthur was ranked a Private, service number 16922, for the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment. He was KiA on the 4th August 1915, aged 18. Arthur is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli).
Alfred and Arthur are both remembered on the war memorial (drinking fountain), at All Saint’s Church, Great Holland, Essex.
Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society