Gordon Bridson DSO, DSC, RNZNVR

Birth details unknown


1 Feb 1931 Lt.
30 Apr 1940 Lt.Cdr.


11 Jun 1942 DSC
1 Jun 1943 DSO
29 Jun 1943 Navy Cross

Warship Commands listed for Gordon Bridson, RNZNVR

HMS Walnut (T 103)Lt.Cdr.MS Trawler23 Jul 194026 Sep 1941
HMNZS Kiwi (T 102)Lt.Cdr.MS trawler20 Oct 194118 Apr 1944

Career information

Gordon Bridson was born in Feilding New Zealand in December 1909, a Champion swimmer he represented New Zealand at the Empire Games in 1930 and return with two Silver medals. Afer his time on Walnut, he captained the HMNZS Kiwi. Operating in the Pacific under the auspices of the USA, Bridson rammed and sunk a I1 Japanese submarine on 29 January 1943. When the Submarine was dived on and searched freshly released code books of the new Japanese naval codes were found.

Events related to this officer

MS trawler HMNZS Kiwi (T 102)

29 Jan 1943
HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), along with her sister ship HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P. Phipps, RNZNVR), engage and sink the Japanese submarine I-1 at Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal. (1)


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