Francis Harvey BRIDGMAN

BRIDGMAN, Francis Harvey

Service Number: 2783
Enlisted: 2 June 1915, Brisbane, Qld
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia , 15 July 1895
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 7 June 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane Grammar School Memorial Library WW1 Honour Board 1, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

2 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Qld
1 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2783, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2783, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 49th Infantry Battalion
17 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 49th Infantry Battalion
8 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 49th Infantry Battalion
1 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 49th Infantry Battalion
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 49th Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones


Killed in action in France on June 7. Harvey Bridgman was a native of Mackay, and was educated at the Brisbane Grammar School, where he took a leading part in athletic sports, among other successes being the winning of the "Courier" Cup for the 100 Yards Championship at the University and Secondary Schools Sports on September 21, 1912. He was a lieutenant in the Senior Cadets during his school military career, and on joining the A.I.F. attained the rank of Sergeant before leaving for the Front. He was twice promoted while on active service, and gained his company command eight or nine months before his death. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Bridgman, of Cowarrle, Southbrook, and a brother of Dr. R. O. Bridgman, of Pittsworth. He was only 21 years of age." - from the Queenslander 14 Jul 1917 (