Anthony George ELDRIDGE

Badge Number: 3108, Sub Branch: Walkerville
3108

ELDRIDGE, Anthony George

Service Number: 1011
Enlisted: 16 February 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Australian Provost Corps
Born: Lyndoch South Australia Australia, 16 June 1891
Home Town: Gilberton, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Baker
Died: Gilberton South Australia Australia, 7 October 1946, aged 55 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Hindmarsh WW1 Roll of Honour Heroes of the Great War
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1011, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong A2
14 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1011, Australian Provost Corps
14 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1011, Australian Provost Corps
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 1011, 27th Infantry Battalion
16 Sep 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1011, Australian Provost Corps
Date unknown: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1011, 27th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1011, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

Surname: ELDRIDGE; Given Names: Anthony George; Date of Birth: 16 June 1891; Date of Enlistment: 16 February 1915; Trade or Calling: Baker; Birth Location: Kent Town; Address prior to enlistment: Gilbert Street, Gilberton; Photograph sent by: C Eldridge
Source: State Records SA

embarkation_roll: roll_number: 15 embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: 15 May 1915

Anthony George Eldridge was one of three brothers who enlisted for service in the Great War, the other two being Clifton Charles and Jack Hastings Eldridge.  They all survived the war.

After enlistment in February Anthony was assigned to the 27th Battalion and after completion of basic training he embarked with the main body of the Battalion from Outer Harbour on May 31st 1915, aboard HMAT Geelong A2.

The Battalion disembarked in Egypt for additional training and preparation for landing at ANZAC.

After landing at Gallipoli in September and surviving almost to the withdrawal / evacuation, Anthony Eldridge found himself in hospital after a diagnosis of jaundice in December 1915.  He did not rejoin the unit until March by which time the unit was preparing for embarkation to France.

After the initial period of familiarisation and some skirmishing in the Armentieres Sector the Battalion began the move south to the Somme via Messines and a brisk action there. By late July they were in the Somme and shortly after the Second Division was heavily engaged at Pozieres, where Anthony Eldridge was mentioned for good and gallant conduct during the fighting at Pozieres and recommended for a Military Medal.

He was promoted to Temporary Corporal while the battalion was engaged at Mouquet Farm on the 5th August 1916

He was wounded on 16th November 1916 , after the 27th's action at Flers but while in winter quarters near Guedecourt. Concurrently he was promoted to Sergeant but reverted to Corporal when he was evacuated to England for treatment of the gunshot wound to the upper arm that he sustained.

After recovery he was assigned to the Instructional School for training and subsequent employment as an instructor from April 1917 at Perham Downs Portsmouth and Sutton Veny.

From 14th December 1917, Anthony Eldridge transferred to the Provost Corps (Military Police) at Tidworth Barracks where he remained for the duration of the war.  He was promoted to Sergeant in September 1918

 

 

1914/15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

 

RSL Record

Eldridge

Anthony George

1011

9 Tyne Street Gilberton

Walkerville Sub Branch 

Date of death, 10 Oct 1946 from RSL records

 

Research Steve Larkins Feb 2014

 

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