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Name: Ernest Bridger

Burial Number: 1697

Gender: Male

Occupation: Coachman / Cab Proprietor / Army Private

Born: 00/00/1878

Died: 03/04/1939

Buried: 06/04/1939

Story

Ernest Henry Bridger was born in Wick, Lyminster, Sussex, to William and Ann Bridger (nee Sanders) who had 8 children, including Ernest, of whom was born in 1878. William was a ‘Carman’ and Ann had no established occupation.

In 1881, Ernest was 2 years old and living at 3 Teville Road, Worthing, with his parents, two lodgers, Ernest’s father’s cousin (Charles Sanders) and his older siblings William, Arthur and Bertie.

Just 10 years later, aged 13, Ernest gained an additional four siblings; Lilian, Frederick, Margaret and Laura. They were all living together at 8 Tarring Road in Conningsby Terrace, Worthing. William is still occupied as a ‘Carman’ and Ann still has no occupation.

Prior to 1901, Ernest joined the Royal West Surrey Regiment to fight in the Boer War and was returned home in 1901 ‘invalided’. The same year, Ernest turned 22 and was working as a ‘domestic coachman’ alongside his father and older brothers, Arthur and Bertie, who were all cabmen, although the census has been altered post-publishing and their roles have been replaced with ‘Groom’, all apart from Ernest. Historically, a Groom was someone who attended the horses, a stable boy, rather different to a Cabman who is a horse Hackney carriage driver. It is unknown why this has been altered. By now, the family were living at 4 Newcastle Terrace in South Farm Road, Worthing.

Not long after returning home, Ernest met his future wife, Alma Grover, and they married on 9th April 1902. Almost immediately, they began to expand their family and welcomed their first child, Ernest Frederick Bridger, on 28th February 1903, followed by Ronald Grover Bridger on 10th March 1906 and finally, Alma Mary Bridger on 15th March 1910.

The 1911 census puts the family at 9 Thorn Road, Worthing, where Ernest is the head of the household and has four boarders. His occupation is now a ‘Cab proprietor’ and Ann appears to be a stay-at-home mother to her children owing to their ages and the blank space on her occupation census input. Just four years later, Ernest rejoins the war effort and disembarks to France on 12th June 1915. He returns home on the 24th June 1916 for just under 9 months when he then returns to France again from the 6th March 1917 until the 3rd June 197. During Ernest’s time in the army, he gained the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his efforts. Interestingly, his address on his war record states he lives at 17 Thorn Road, Worthing. It may be possible that if they were renting, the rent was cheaper in the neighbouring house, hence the move.

There are no other records after this time for Ernest or his family other than the death of Alma on the 13th January 1928. She was laid to rest in Heene Cemetery four days later on the 17th January 1928 where her husband would join her 11 years later in the same plot. Their gravestone reads “In loving memory of Alma the dearly loved wife of Ernest Henry Bridger called home 13th Jan 1928 aged 55 “Ever in my thoughts” “Reunited” 3rd April 1939”. Ernest died at 7 Cross Street, Worthing, but lived at 36 Oxford Road, Worthing. Probate was granted to his daughter, Alma Mary Roberts (now married) to the effects of £531 7s. 6d.

Researcher: Sophie Watts

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 8 Plot: 7

Exact Location (what3words): spout.evenly.punt

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

No description of the headstone has been added.

Inscription:

In loving memory of Alma the dearly loved wife of Ernest Henry Bridger called home 13th Jan 1928 aged 55 "Ever in my thoughts" "Reunited 3rd April 1939

Further Information

Birth

Name: Ernest Henry Bridger

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1878

Town: Unknown

County: Sussex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 09/04/1902

Spouse First Name: Alma

Spouse Last Name: Grover

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/04/1939

Cause of death: Cause of death unknown

Address line 1: 7

Address line 2: Cross Street

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £531 7 s 6 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

1881

Name: Earnest H. Bridger

Age:2

Estimated Birth Year: 1879

Relationship to Head: Son

Father: William Bridger

Mother: Ann Bridger

Gender: Male

Where born:

Leominster, Sussex, England

Civil parish: Worthing County/Island Sussex

Country: England

Street Address: 3 Teville Road

Registration district: East Preston

ED, institution, or vessel: 10

Neighbors: View others on page

Piece: 1117

Folio: 71

Page number: 11

Household members:

Name
William Bridger
Age
34
Name
Ann Bridger
Age
33
Name
Albert Bently
Age
27
Name
Charles R. Sanders
Age
24
Name
Thomas Skinner
Age
17
Name
William Bridger
Age
9
Name
Arthur G. Bridger
Age
8
Name
Bertie C. Bridger
Age
4
Name
Earnest H. Bridger
Age
2

1891

Name: Ernest H Bridger

Gender: Male

Age: 13

Relationship: Son

Birth Year: 1878

Father: William Bridger

Mother: Ann Bridger

Birth Place: Wick, Lyminster, Sussex, England

Civil parish: Broadwater Ecclesiastical parish, Holy Trinity

Residence Place: Broadwater, Sussex, England

Registration district: East Preston

Sub registration district: Worthing

ED, Institution or Vessel: 13

Neighbors: View others on page

Piece: 837

Folio: 64

Household members:

Name
William Bridger
Age
45
Name
Ann Bridger
Age
44
Name
William Bridger
Age
20
Name
Arthur E Bridger
Age
18
Name
Bertie C Bridger
Age
15
Name
Ernest H Bridger
Age
13
Name
Lillian R Bridger
Age
10
Name
Frederick J Bridger
Age
8
Name
Margaret R Bridger
Age
7
Name
Laura E Bridger
Age
4

1901

Name
Ernest H Bridger
Age
22
Estimated Birth Year
1879
Relation to Head
Son
Gender
Male
Father
Wiliam Bridger
Mother
Ann Bridger
Birth Place
Worthing, Sussex, England
Civil parish
Worthing
Ecclesiastical parish
Holy Trinity
Town
Worthing
County/Island
Sussex
Country
England
Registration district
East Preston
Sub-registration district
Worthing
ED, institution, or vessel
14
Neighbors
View others on page
Piece
959
Folio
126
Page number
1
Household schedule number
4
William Bridger, head, 54 – Cabman (crossed out), Groom
Ann Bridger, wife, 53 – no occupation
Arthur E Bridger, son, 28 – Cabman (crossed out), Groom
Bertie C Bridger, son, 24 – Cabman (crossed out), Groom
Ernest H Bridger, son, 22 – Coachman, domestic
Lillian R Bridger, daughter, 19 – ‘mother’s *** at home?’, crossed out.
Frederick J Bridger, son, 17 – groceries assistant
Margaret R Bridger, daughter, 16 – nurse, domestic
Laura E Bridger, daughter, 13 – no occupation
Florence R Bridger, grand daughter, 4 – no occupation

1911

Name: Ernest Henry Bridger

Age in 1911: 32

Estimated Birth Year: 1879

Relation to Head: Head

Gender: Male

Birth Place: Wick, Sussex

Civil parish: Worthing

Country: England

Street Address: 19 Thorn Road Worthing, Sussex

Marital Status: Married

Occupation: Cab Proprietor

Registration District Number: 84

Sub-registration district: Worthing

ED, institution, or vessel: 20

Piece: 5339

Household members:

Name
Emma Daw
Age
92
Name
Alice Emily Pearce
Age
46
Name
Alma Bridger
Age
38
Name
Bertram James Keynaston
Age
33
Name
Ernest Henry Bridger
Age
32
Name
May Ellen Diddams
Age
25
Name
Ernest Frederick Bridger
Age
8
Name
Ronald Grover Bridger
Age
5
Name
Alma Mary Bridger
Age
1

1921

Living at 17, Thorn Road, Worthing, Sussex.

Ernest Henry Bridger
Head
Male 42 Cab Proprietor Own Account
Alma Bridger
Wife
Female 48 Household Duties
Ronald Grover Bridger
Son
Male 15 Apprentice To Plumber Mr Collier, Newland Rd, Plumber
Alma Mary Bridger
Daughter
Female 11 School
Bertram James Bridger
Boarder
Male 44 Clothier Walter Bros, Montague Street

Miscellaneous Information

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