South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

G H Bridgwater

George Henry Bridgwater was born at Laysters, Herefordshire in 1897. He was the son of Solomon and Harriet Bridgwater. Solomon was a farm waggoner and moved jobs frequently. In 1901 the family were living in Neen Savage, Shropshire but by 1911 they had moved to Shareshill and Solomon had become a coal miner.

In 1911 George (aged 14) was working down the pit as a door-minder. He enlisted at the outbreak of war and was sent to France on 24th March, 1915. He died of wounds at the 22nd Field Ambulance (based in the Bethune area) on 13th September 1915 and he is now buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension Cemetery. He was 18 years old.

Private George Bridgewater, 15325 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.