WW1 in the Bus Stop

Three soldiers in uniform stand in Oriental Parade’s historic bus shelter at the bottom of Carlton Gore Road. They are part of the “Wellington – Lest we Forget” project organised by the Wellington City Council for the World War I centenary commemoration. Hugh Decimus Bridge (on the extreme right) was the youngest of ten (hence his middle name — tenth in Latin). He’s pictured here with his brothers (L to R): Lionel Septimus and Cyprian Everard. Born in Wellington in 1890, Hugh went to Roseneath School. His family lived in Oriental Parade. He survived the Battle of Passchendaele but was killed by sniper fire a few weeks later.

Bay View newsletter 64, November 2014