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Bradford Eldridge     Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 55th Battalion/105th Battalion/78th Battalion Regimental Number: 712250 Rank: Private Date of Birth: March 17, 1884 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S.   Date of Enlistment: December 16, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Address at Enlistment: 115 Elm Ave., Charlottetown, P.E.I. Age at Enlistment: 31 years, 8 months Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Prior Military Experience: 82nd Regiment (Militia); 1 year Artillery Trade: Carpenter Marital Status: Married Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: (Wife) Emma Eldridge; 115 Elm Ave., Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bradford was the son of Alfred and Nellie Eldridge.  He was married with a son, Harry.  He was killed in action at the Drocourt-Queant line on September 2, 1918. (see information in the cemetery history for September 2, 1918) Date of Death: September 2, 1918 Cemetery: Dury Mill British Cemetery, France; Plot: I. A. 5 Dury is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais.   In August, 1918, Dury was behind the German defence system known as the Drocourt- Queant line; but on the 2nd September this line was broken by the Canadian and XVII Corps, and Dury village and the hill just South of it (Mont Dury, or Dury Ridge) were captured. The Mill (Moulin Damiens) stood beside the road from Dury to Villers-les-Cagnicourt, and was destroyed.   There are now 337 First World War casualties buried in this cemetery. Of these14 are unidentified. Commemorated on Page 403 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 30 and August 31 Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 155-156)
   Bradford Eldridge
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