1616 Lt L E (Eric) Autridge
Eric Autridge joined the RNZA in 1934, and was a Bdr when World War 2 began, with his first excursion overseas being to Fanning Island to protect the cable station, with the aid of some infantry. Later, Eric went overseas to join a field artillery regiment in Italy. All who knew Eric remember his admirable cheerful spirit and his ability to withstand the many hard knocks which came his way.
In civil life, he gave long service and attained high office in the Takapuna RSA and the North Shore KEV, which was reflected in the great turnout at his formal military funeral at the Birkenhead RSA on 27 April 1999.
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