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Born in Warrnambool, Victoria and an Engineer by Occupation, Eric Nelson Bridges was 19 years and single when enlisted on the 25th of June 1918 in the 12th General (Victorian) Reinforcements, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 61586. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 'Barambah' on the 31st of August 1918. On the 13th of December 1918 admitted sick to Hospital; discharged to training depot, Tidworth on the 1st of January 1919. On the 25th of January 1919, admitted to hospital sick, Hurdcott; on the 31st of July 1919 admitted to hospital sick. Appointed Temporary Driver MT on the 25th of February 1919. Transferred to 2nd A.M.T. Coy (Australian Mechanical/Motor Transport Company) on the15th of May 1919 and was listed as returned to Australia on the 6th of September 1919 per 'Euripides' ex England and disembarked at Melbourne on the 20th of October 1919 and discharged on the 4th of November 1919 with the termination of period of enlistment. Family/military connections Brother: 61587 Corporal Rupert Ward Bridges, 58th Battalion. War service: Western Front Tree No. 3569