Bradley, Wilfred

Wilfred Bradley, Sergeant 60517, 2nd/6th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Killed in action 24th March 1918 in France, aged 23

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Mary Ellen Bradley, of 14 Brock St, Macclesfield, Cheshire, and the late John Bradley.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Wilfred initially served with the 17th Cheshire Regiment with service number 30068.

Wilfred was reported missing in the Macclesfield Times on 7 June 1918:

MISSING – Sergt Wilfred Bradley, Manchester Regt, son of Mrs Bradley, 14 Brock St, Macclesfield, was posted missing on March 21st. He joined the Army over two years ago and went out to France last February. Sergt Bradley is 23 years of age and was educated at Mill Street School. He attended Trinity Wesleyan Sunday School and Chapel and was formerly employed at the Macclesfield Shoe and Slipper Works, Sunderland Street. Two brothers are serving: Lce-Cpl J W Bradley, King’s Liverpool Regt (in France) and Pte Albert Bradley, Monmouthshire Regt (in England). The former has been twelve months at the front and was over on leave at the beginning of this year.

 

COMMEMORATION

Sergeant Wilfred Bradley is commemorated on Panel Ref. 64 to 67 of the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sergeant Wilfred Bradley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Sergeant Wilfred Bradley is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “To our dear son, Sergeant W. Bradley, 6th Manchester Regiment.”

 

NOTES

Brother of Lance-Corporal J W Bradley, who served in France with the King’s Liverpool Regt; and Private Albert Bradley, who served with the Monmouthshire Regt, and later as Private 498313 with 570th (Agriculture) Labour Corps.

 

SOURCES

Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 7 June 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921

 

 


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