Sir William Throsby BRIDGES KCB, CMG, MiD

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BRIDGES, William Throsby

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 August 1914
Last Rank: Major General
Last Unit: Headquarters Staff
Born: Greenock, Scotland, 18 February 1861
Home Town: Toorak, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Army Officer
Died: Died of wounds (recieved at Gallipoli), At sea (HS Gascon), 18 May 1915, aged 54 years
Cemetery: Duntroon Military College Grounds
Originally buried at Chatby Cemetery in Alexandria, Egypt
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, SN Officer, Headquarters Staff, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, SN Officer, Headquarters Staff, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
18 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major General, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

Originally buried at Chatby Cemetery in Alexandria, Egypt, Sir William was exhumed and re-buried at Duntroon, A.C.T.

"Sir William Throsby Bridges (1861-1915), soldier, was born on 18 February 1861, at Greenock, Scotland, son of William Wilson Somerset Bridges, naval officer and his wife Mary Hill, née Throsby, great-niece of Charles Throsby of Moss Vale, New South Wales. He was educated at Ryde, Isle of Wight, and from 1871 at the Royal Naval School, New Cross, London. When his father retired in 1873 the family migrated to Canada, settling at Shanty Bay, Ontario, and Bridges continued his schooling at Trinity College School, Port Hope. In April 1877 he entered the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston, intending to train for a commission in the British Army. Next year, however, his parents were ruined by a bank failure and left Canada to settle at Moss Vale, leaving Bridges behind. He contrived to follow them by failing his studies and left the college without completing the course, thereby becoming the first Kingston cadet discharged for academic failure. He arrived in Sydney in August 1879 and that month joined the colony's civil service as assistant inspector of roads and bridges at Braidwood; he held similar appointments at Murrurundi and Narrabri until 1885..." - READ MORE LINK (adb.anu.edu.au)

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