Thomas Frost Bridges
|2/Lieut. T. F. Bridges (formerly T. Frost), West Yorkshire Regiment.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Natal, Transvaal (5219 Pte. T. Frost); King’s South Africa Medal
clasp South Africa 1902 (5219 Sjt. T.F. Bridges);
1914-15 Star (3-8943 Sjt. T.F. Bridges); British War Medal (2/Lieut. T.F. Bridges); Victory Medal
(2/Lieut. T.F. Bridges).
Wounded in action Willow Grange 23 November 1899 & Gallipoli 13 August 1915.
With 16 photocopy pages of WW1 service papers, MIC details, three photocopy pages from the QSA and KSA medal rolls
showing that Frost changed his name to Bridges and three photocopy pages from the battalion’s digest of service detailing the
action at Willow Grange. Also with photocopy pages from the QSA and KSA medal rolls showing 5218 Pte. W. Bridges who died
19 December 1902. The consecutive service numbers indicate that the two men must have enlisted together. Their relationship to
each other is not clear but presumably there was a close connection with Frost later changing his name to Bridges.
Born Sheffield 14 February 1881. Mother Annie Bridges, scissor dresser. No father shown on birth certificate so probably
illegitimate although the 1881 census shows he and his mother living with Thomas Frost, presumably his father. Invalided to
England 31 January 1900 and in hospital on sick furlough until 14 May 1900. Discharged 23 November 1911 on completion of 14
years service. Thomas Frost Bridges re-enlisted in the Special Reserve at Sheffield 12 August 1914 aged 33 years 180 days.
Occupation steel labourer. Embarked Liverpool 2 July 1915. Landed at Gallipoli 11 July 1915. Wounded by gunshot in the face.
Admitted to hospital at Mudros with rheumatism 30 September 1915 and invalided to England 21 October 1915, spending 19
days in hospital in Bristol.
Appointed Acting Regimental Sergeant Major 16 February 1917. Commissioned 31 October 1917. In his commission reference his
CO stated “He has served with the Bn. since it was raised, being absent in England on account of a wound received in action. He
is a man of long experience, an energetic and conscientious worker. Altogether a reliable man.” Promoted lieutenant 30 April
1919. Demobilised 24 March 1920. Died at Sheffield September 1921. Served in 2nd Battalion in South Africa and 1st, 4th and
9th Battalions in WW1.