Henry Renton Nicholson Bridges (1874 - 1916)



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'497' Etaples Military Cemetery,
23rd Bn.


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Service number: France
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment: australian Infantry
Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f.

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Renton Nicholson



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1874 - In the year that Henry Renton Nicholson Bridges was born, on September 14th, the Battle of Liberty Place occurred in New Orleans - the capital of Louisiana. Some members of the previous Confederate Army assembled for the purpose of "driving the usurpers from power" and the Republican Governor - William P. Kellogg - was physically driven from his office. The former Confederates temporarily replaced him with (the former) Democratic Governor John McEnery. Federal forces arrived, put down the insurrection, and five days later the legally elected government was restored.

1878 - When he was merely 4 years old, on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

1906 - When he was 32 years old, the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

1914 - When he was 40 years old, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

1916 - In the year of Henry Renton Nicholson Bridges's passing, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

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Henry Renton Nicholson Bridges died on August 9, 1916 at 42 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Henry. He was buried in '497' Etaples Military Cemetery, 23rd Bn.. He was born around 1874. There is no information about Henry's immediate family.


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