Other names: Sidney Ernest
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireWardour, Tisbury, WiltshireHigh Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersWestminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury
Story: Sidney Ernest Bridle was born in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 28th June 1881, and baptised there on 7 Aug 1881 the son of William Bridle and Ellen Eliza Bridle (née Arnold). He lived his very early life at Wardour, Tisbury, Wiltshire. He married Kate Ann Imber at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th June 1906 and took up residence at 24 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as a hairdresser. He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and placed on Reserve until mobilized on the 14th March 1917 when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M/300929). He served in France and Flanders with, among others, the 565th Company and 305th Siege Battery as a Lorry Driver. He was discharged on 21st March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was living at 24 High Street, Shaftesbury, at the time of the 1921 Census, now described as a Hairdresser and Tobacconist, and was still there by the time of the 1939 Register as a Master Hairdresser. He died in the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, on 29th December 1951 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 2nd January 1952.