On the 9th Nov 1914, Cyril Bridge, who was 5ft 6 and aged 30, enlisted as a Private in the 4th K L C B (King's Liverpool City Battalion) (Regimental Number 22630), aka 20th (4th City) King's (Liverpool Regiment).
He did not serve abroad and was transferred on 8th October 1915 to the Manchester Garrison Battalion (Regimental Number 30880) due to a nervous breakdown and was discharged from the army on the 25th Feb 1916 as 'no longer physically fit' for military service due to a 'general nervous debility' which had its 'origin since childhood and not the result & not aggravated by military service'.
'During first 8 months in training appeared in general health.
5 months ago commenced to become very nervous & sleepless with loss of appetite.
Never been in hosp[ital].'
His character was described on dischage as 'very good'.
Letter from Cyril Bridge to his former Battalion to enquire if he is eligible for a 'service rendered' badge:
14 Grosvenor Rd
March 7th 1917
I am writing to ask whether I am
entitled to receive the badge issued by the
War Office 'For Service Rendered'. I enlisted on
Nov 9th 1914 & after training with the battalion
at Liverpool, Grantham & Salisbury Plain, was
transferred to the 1st Manchester Garrison Battalion owing
to a bad nervous breakdown on account of which I was
eventually discharged. First previous to my discharge
on the Feb 26th 1916. I was transferred to the 2nd
Garrison Battalion of the Manchester Regiment
which was then stationed at Chadderton Camp, near
Oldham, & received my discharge from there.
I was under the impression that badges were only to be given
to men wounded on active service, but I have since found men
wearing them who have broken down in this country, & in some
cases after less training than myself. Hoping you will
He received a military pension of £25 a week.
In the 1939 register, he was living at 37 Lulworth Road, Southport, Lancashire. His occupation was a 'Shipping merchant retired'; he was living with his wife Beatrice A L Bridge (DOB 26 Jun 1884 - unpaid domestic duties) and Dora Cooper (Hesketh - DOB 04 Jul 1908 - domestic servant). He was listed as a 'volunteer owner driver'.
Liverpool Regiment: WW1 Pension Records, WO 364, National Archives, Kew and also avaialble online at ancestry.co.uk
Manchester regiment: WW1 service records, WO 363
Medal Index cards:
Liverpool Regiment http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D1477340
Manchester regiment: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D1477341