1879 - 1950

Harry Simmons Bridge was born at Ipswich on 12 December 1879, son of William Gray Bridge (1841-1913), a coal agent, and his wife Kathleen Mary Simmons (1844-1916), who married at Lambeth, London in 1871. In 1881, Harry was a 12-year-old scholar, living at Prospect Road, Ipswich with his parents, 49-year-old William, born Ely, Cambridgeshire and 47-year-old Catherine[sic], born Dedham, Essex with seven siblings, Ada Louise 18, Lillian Mabel 16 and Bertha Kathleen 15, all born in Essex, Harold John 12, Cyril Gray 11, Claude William 8 and Kathleen Gladys 1, all born at Ipswich. Harry was admitted to the Ipswich Municipal Secondary School in 1893 and he studied at the Ipswich School of Art and won 3rd prize in their 'Drawing from the Antique' competition in February 1900, the first prize being won by Kathleen Emily Temple-Bird. On 24 June 1916 he was in the Royal Air Force as an artist and in 1939, giving his date of birth as 11 December 1881, an unmarried commercial artist, living at 86 Hanley Road, Islington, London with his now married sister Kathleen Gladys Tuck. Harry Simmons Bridge was of 13 Midholm, Hampstead Garden Estate, London NW.11, when he died at Whittington Hospital, Archway Road, London on 18 September 1950, aged 71, leaving his estate to Graham Douglas Tuck (1920-2001).