Philip Sidney BRIDSON

Regimental number12/998
AddressGreat North Road, Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinBrother, L S Bridson, Great North Road, Auckland
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankLance Corporal
Final unitNo 5 Company, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsMessines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Ruth Bridson, 90 Great North Road, Auckland

Mentioned in Despatches

'In Messines operations June 7th 1917 when Section Officer was killed in action, he gave the guns their bearings and elevations under heavy shell fire, and then carried water and ammunition. His cool conduct enabled the guns to continue action. His devotion to duty resulted in his own death.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 28 December 1917

Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body