- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Temporary Lieutenant
- Bomb Disposal, Royal Navy
- Awarded on:
- June 20th, 1944
Circumstances of Bridge’s George Cross:
By August 1943 the Allies were in Messina at the foot of Italy. The harbour had be left by the enemy littered with depth charges and other ordnance all designed to hinder the use of the harbour by the Allies.
Initially a pattern of six charges went off killing the whole bomb disposal team. Bridge fully aware of this and the danger took command of the clearance of the remainder of the devices. This task took more than 28 dives to locate and render the remaining devices safe before the actual Allied landing of mainland Italy.
Bridge and his team dismantled and or made safe over 200 devices in the harbour and were able to give the all clear in time for the mass landings of Allied troops.