John Bradley, Private 3337, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 10th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 32
John Bradley was baptised on 1st July 1883 at Siddington, the son of Sarah and Samuel Bradley, an agricultural labourer of Snape Brook Cottage, Siddington. In 1891, seven year old John was living at Snape Brook Cottage with his parents and siblings Ira (10), Hannah (6) and Samuel (3). Ten years later the family was at the same address and John was himself employed as an agricultural labourer.
John married Martha Dingle in the last quarter of 1909 at Macclesfield’s Trinity Methodist Church in Cumberland Street, and a daughter, Mary, was born the following year. In 1911 the family was living at Snape Brook Cottage with John’s parents; John and his father were both employed as labourers on the Capesthorne Estate. John and his family later lived at Mill Lane, Capesthorne.
John joined the 7th Cheshire Regiment at Macclesfield in April 1915 and was sent to Aberystwyth for training.
Following a period of training in various locations, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir.
At 8am on 10th August the Battalion was ordered to attack Hill 70. This was unsuccessful and the Battalion suffered severe losses. A second unsuccessful attack took place at 5pm. John Bradley was killed in action on that day.
A report of the memorial service to John Bradley held at Siddington Church was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 24 September 1915:
SIDDINGTON: THE FIRST LOSS – A memorial service for Private John Bradley, of the 1/7th Cheshires, who was killed in aciton in Gallipoli, was held on Sunday Afternoon last in Siddington Church. The church was filled to overflowing, and the service was conducted by the Rev Canon Elstob, M.A. (Vicar), who gave an address on Self-sacrifice. he mentioned that John Bradley was the first one from the parish who had been killed. At the conclusion of the service, the Dead March in Saul was played by the organist (Mr W H Webb).
Private John Bradley has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 75 to 77 of the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Bradley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private John Bradley is commemorated on the war memorial plaque below the memorial window in All Saints Church, Siddington.
Brother of Nathan Bradley, who served with the Manchester Regiment and died in May 1917.