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2nd Lieutenant 

Robert Angus
BRIDGEFORD


(Military nickname -Gussie )
 

(Photo courtessy of Lt. Bridgeford's family)

Born:

24 Jun 1920 at No.18 Robertson Street, Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland

Service No.

243839

 

Regiment(s):

591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE

Military Notes:
Service Record:

12 Sep 1942 -granted emergency commission with rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

20 Sep 1942 - joined the 591 Antrim Para Sqn. 

Ringway Parachute Training Course 69B

Family Notes:

son  of Robert Bridgeford (1887-1956) a Water Department Engineer, and his wife Jemima Evelyn Moir (1886-1982) [m. 1917 Glasgow]

brother of Helen Elizabeth Bridgeford(1919-1999) and Stewart Reid Bridgeford(1926-1995)

Father of six children by his first marriage (two died in infancy) and two more from his second marriage,

grandfather of ten grandchildren,

and great grandfather to eleven great grandchildren.

Civilian Occupation:

After the war, he studied at the Institute of Civil Engineering. Joined Rhodesia Railways as a civil engineer, based at Gwelo. In the early 1950's the family relocated to Livingston (now in Zambia) and later on moved again to Bulawayo.

Married:

(1) 1943 Honora Wood (div.1968)

(2) 1971 Susan Beatrice  Lee White (div.) 

Died:

22 Aug 2003 aged 83 Masonic Lodge Retirement Village, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Burial:

His funeral was held at Presbyterian Church, Hillside, Bulawayo, and was attended by many of his surviving children.

Memorial:

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Transcription of the letter on the right:-
253rd WEST LANCASHIRE FIELD COMPANY
ROYAL ENGINEERS

Lt. R.A. Bridgeford RE

Lt Bridgeford is a most
energetic officer with plenty of
confidence in himself and great
personal charm. He is a good
organiser and will get a job
done whatever difficulties stand
in his way.

He has gained a sound military
engineering knowledge in the army and
this, coupled with the civilian
engineering qualifications he already
possesses, should stand him well in
the future

As an officer he was liked and
respected by his fellow officers & men
and proved most satisfactory.

Egypt
15 Aug 46.

J.R. deG.Pilkington
Major RE
OC 253 Fd Coy RE

[John Ralph de Gascoigne Pilkington OBE MC -Click Obituary]
[Major Royal Engineers]
[Officer Commanding 253 Field Company Royal Engineers]

Lt Bridgeford's letter of reference
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.


R.A. Bridgeford (on right of photo) with elder sister and
younger brother.    Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.

2nd Lt. Bridgeford dropping through the 'Whitley Hole'
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.

Click to see enlarged version of photo in the Gallery


A mass drop from two converted Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bombers
It appears to be over Tatton Park, Cheshire.
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.

Click to see enlarged version of photo in the Gallery

2nd Lt. Bridgeford and his first wife Honor (aka Noni)
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.


Lt. Bridgeford and colleagues on patrol.
Note the left hand drive jeep called Noni
named after Lt. Bridgefords wife
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.

Click to see enlarged version of photo in the Gallery



Lt. Bridgeford in uniform WW2.
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.


(Click)   to see enlarged photo of Lieutenant Bridgeford's
1946 certificate from Field Marshall Montgomery .

(Click)   to see enlarged photo of Lieutenant Bridgeford's
letter releasing him from service, with the Honorary rank
of Captain.



R.A. Bridgeford after the war.
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.



R.A. Bridgeford in later years.
Photo kindly supplied by Lt. Bridgeford's family.


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