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Eric Charles Bridgland (Horsley 1925 - 2016)

My uncle, Eric Charles Bridgland, was born on 3rd October 1925 and in 1936 won a scholarship to Cranbrook School from Goudhurst C of E Primary School.  He cycled to school every day and was a member of the RAF Section of the Combined Cadet Force, as I was.

During his time at Cranbrook School the Second World War started.  In due course he joined the Royal Air Force, where he served as a Sergeant Flight Engineer on heavy bombers based in North Africa before being demobbed on 3rd October 1947 - his 22nd birthday.

Eventually he moved to Maidstone where he was living when he suffered a heart attack following a fall in his garden.  He passed away a few days later on 6th May 2016.

He leaves four children, nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Robert Howard Weller - Horsley '61-'66