Herbert Bradley, Private 35356, 1st/4th Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action 23rd July 1918 in France, aged 29
Son of Mr. and Mrs C. Bradley, of 39 Station St, Macclesfield; husband of Nellie Bowers (formerly Bradley), of 60 Hurdsfield Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Herbert Bradley attested on 10 January 1916. His service records show that at the time he was living at 31 Station Street, Macclesfield, and was employed as a wood carver and cabinet maker. He was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a 32 inch chest, and weighed 125 pounds. He originally named his father, Charles Bradbury, as next of kin, but on 13 May 1916 at St Paul’s Church Herbert married Nellie Mellor of 9 Davies Street, and her details were inserted as the new next of kin.
Herbert trained as a signaller at Great Crosby, qualifying as a 1st class signaller on 13 October 1917.
Private Bradley joined his battalion in Egypt on 26 January 1918; after six months service he left Alexandria on 17 June 1918 on a troop ship, arriving at Taranto in Italy five days later.
Private Bradley was reported to be wounded and missing on 23 July 1918, and later that year, on 20 December, it was assumed that he had been killed in action on that day.
Private Herbert Bradley has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Herbert Bradley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words
“To the glory of God and in memory of the members of the Parish Church Men’s Bible Class. Private J. Smallwood, Private B. Nunn, Private J. Hanna, Private S. Gibbon, Gunner C. H. Barratt, Private F. Wilson, Corporal F. J. Shaw, Private H. Bradbury, Private W. Savage, Private A. Simpson, Private A. Holt, Lance-Corporal H. J. Travis, Private C. Davenport, M.M., Private W. Webster, Private J. Downes, Private J. N. Dixon, Private C. Bailey, Private H. Bradley.”
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past): St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920 (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 23 September 1921
Grateful thanks to Terry for the photograph of Herbert Bradley.