Born: 1918, Hartismere, Suffolk.

Died: 21st May 1940; Age 22; died at North Walsham Cottage Hospital, North Walsham, Norfolk – from injuries caused by an accidental collision on the previous day between the motor-bicycle which he was riding and a motor lorry proceeding in the opposite direction at an S bend on the Aylsham – North Walsham high road.

Inquest held – 21st May 1940.

Residence: ‘Rockford’ 68, Finborough Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 76814.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion.

Grave Reference:


Sec. V. Grave 47.

Stowmarket Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick John Pay Eldridge & Elsie Gertrude Eldridge, of Stowmarket.

Farther-  Frederick John Pay Eldridge, born 1880, Westminster, London. A Schoolmaster.

Mother – Elsie Gertrude Eldridge (nee Curtis), born Fulham, 1884. A Suffolk painter in oil. https://suffolkartists.co.uk/index.cgi?choice=painter&pid=219

David attend Ipswich School.


David and his father, John, a Schoolmaster were living at the family home – 68, Finborough Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

His mother, Elsie was living at 52, Hestercombe Avenue, Fulham, London, with his brother.

Richard Henry Eldridge, an Assistant Meteorological Officer – Air Ministry, born June 1921.

Probate to Frederick John Pay Eldridge – father.

David is also remembered on Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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