Acting Bombardier L/33333 Arthur John Bridgwood

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Died Home on Monday, 14th February 1916, age 37.
Buried in Grave A."C." 264. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Field Artillery, 175th Brigade, ‘A' Battery. 34th Division.

Husband of Eliza Bridgwood, of 38, Bank St., Bradley, Bilston. At the time of enlistment, living at 16 Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Stafford, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395337/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Arthur John Bridgwood registered June quarter 1878 at Stafford.

1901 Census
Cannot trace, possibly with the Army in South Africa.

Marriage of Arthur J Bridgwood and Eliza Rowley registered March quarter 1905 at Wolverhampton.

1911 Census
48 Perry Street, Wednesbury, Staffs.
Arthur John Bridgwood (33, Police Constable, born Stafford), his wife Eliza (33, born Bilston), and their 3 children: Sidney Charles (6, School, born Wednesbury), Arthur Oswald (4, born Wednesbury), and Mary Gwendoline (1, born Wednesbury).

Personal Data

Arthur Bridgwood had joined the police force after serving over 7 years in the Royal Horse Artillery, including service in the Boer War. He re-enlisted with the Roal Field Artillery on 5th July 1915, when he was a 37 year old Police Constable, living at 16 Park Lane East, Tipton. He was 5 feet 9½ inches tall, with a 41in chest, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair.

Arthur was discharged on 23rd December 1915, as unlikely to become an efficient soldier (medical reasons).

Arthur and Eliza had married in 1905, and had 3 sons (Sidney Charles born 1905, Arthur Oswald born 1907, and Vincent John born 1914). Eliza was later awarded a pension of 23 shillings per week for herself and the three children.

After Arthur's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/8/5d (2 pounds, 8 shillings and 5 pence); this was paid to his widow, Eliza, in November 1916. As Arthur had not served abroad, he was not entitled to a War Gratuity.

Action resulting in his death

Arthur died in February 1916 after being discharged from the Royal Field Artillery during training. As his wife was later awarded a pension, it must have been accepted that his breakdown in health was connected with the military service.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 10th July 1915
PC Arthur John Bridgwood of the Tipton Police Force, has joined the Royal Field Artillery this week. The gallant soldier had served over 7 years in the Royal Horse Artillery, and three of four years in the Reserves, and went through the Boer War. His rank was then of Corporal Rough-rider. Since the Boer War, he has served twelve years in the Staffordshire Police Force, having, after a short spell at West Bromwich and Bilston, been ten years at Wednesbury and a year at Tipton. The officer is a married man with three children. He possesses the two medals of the South African campaign and five clasps. He was 37 years of age in March. He is the only volunteer from Tipton Police force so far. He, of course, will prove of great value to the new force.