Messenger Lawrence Desmond Eldridge was a 17 year old fatality on the day of an aerial tip-and-run attack on Shanklin, 3 January 1943.
Lawrence was born in Birmingham in 1925. At some stage his family moved south and took up residence at 6 Council Houses, West Street, Brading. By the time of his death his father George had passed away and Lawrence lived with his mother Emily May.
Like eleven of his NFS colleagues Lawrence had the misfortune to be at the requisitioned Gloster Hotel, used as temporary wartime headquarters by Shanklin NFS, at the point it took a direct hit from a 500kg high explosive bomb.
Rest in peace Messenger Eldridge.