Oswald Ernest William Delbridge

Memorial: Almondsbury - Sunday's Hill

Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 29686

Parents: Frank and Eva Delbridge

Marital status: Single

Home address: Over, Almondsbury, Bristol

Date of birth: 1898

Place of birth: Almondsbury, Bristol

Date of death: 10/02/1918

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Commemorated on Easter Compton and Compton Greenfield Memorials

Age: 19

Further information:

Oswald originally enlisted in the Territorial Reserve Battalion (8/10074) then transferred to the 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and would have taken part in various actions on the Western Front including the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and The Cambrai Operations during 1917. On the day of Oswald’s death his battalion was not taking part in any major action so it is likely that he was a victim of ongoing trench warfare that accounted for 300 deaths per day throughout the war. Oswald died of wounds at Lijssenthoek which was the site of casualty clearing Stations for much of the war. Oswald would have been taken there when he fell and he is buried in the local cemetery.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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