Wallace Vivian BRIDLE

BRIDLE, Wallace Vivian

Service Numbers: N267542, NX111809
Enlisted: 4 July 1942, Adaminaby, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adaminaby, New South Wales, Australia, 26 April 1917
Home Town: Tumut, Tumut Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: East Blowering School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, New Guinea, 22 January 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Grave F.D.4,
Memorials: Adaminaby War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Townsville 2/12th Battalion Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

19 Jun 1942: Involvement Private, NX111809, 12th Infantry Battalion
19 Jun 1942: Involvement Private, N267542, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1942: Enlisted Adaminaby, New South Wales
19 Jul 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, NX111809, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
22 Jan 1944: Involvement Private, NX111809, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Wallace Vivian Bridle was born on 26 April 1917 at Adaminaby, son of James & Clara (nee Green) Bridle, the eighth child of a family of nine. He grew up at Adaminaby & Blowering, near Tumut. Wallace attended East Blowering School, where the family owned a property called 'Willow Vale' at Brandy Mary's. Wallace was a labourer before enlisting in the Second AIF in July 1942 at Adaminaby, aged 25. He had previously been a member of the 21st Light Horse.

Wallace was a likable young man. Two of his brothers, Raymond Claude & Rolfe George, also signed up for service in WWII.

"...NX111809 Private Wallace Vivian Bridle of Tumut, NSW. A labourer before enlisting in the Second AIF in July 1942, Pte Bridle served in the Pacific campaign with the 2/12 Battalion. He was killed in action during the battalion's attack on Japanese positions at Canning's Saddle during the Battle of Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea on 22 January 1944, aged 26." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)