When war broke out in August 1914, Dellbridge
was 42 years old. Probably because of his age, he spent most of
his wartime service at shore establishments. These 'stone frigates'
- often ships retired from active service - were used by the Royal
Navy as training and accommodation centres, as well as to provide
support to ships that were still operational.
Dellbridge appears to have spent time on four different shore establishments:
the depot ship Victory II, based at Crystal Palace in SE
London (2-8 August 1914 and 11 April-24 May 1917); Attentive
II in Dover (9 August-30 September 1914 and 11 September 1915-10
April 1917); the depot ship Arrogant, also based in Dover
(1 October 1914-8 September 1915); and the depot ship Europa
I, based at the Greek island of Mudros
(25 May 1917-11 February 1919).
Dellbridge was awarded three campaign medals - the 1914/15 Star,
the Victory Medal and the British War Medal - for his wartime service.
This information can found in part of the Royal Navy campaign medal
roll for the First World War in ADM 171/100. His service record
states that he was demobilised in April 1919. Dellbridge's request
that his service with the Antarctic expedition should 'count as
double time' towards his naval pension had been refused in 1915.
He retired in May 1919.