Frank BRADLEY
Rank: Private
Number: 39831
Unit: 1st Garrison Battalion YORKSHIRE REGIMENT (MANC on mem)
Date of Death: 18 August 1918
Age: 47
Cemetery: Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan

Frank was born in Kimberworth, Yorkshire , the son of Joseph and Eliza. Nothing is known of his private life except that he was living in Sheffield when he enlisted into the army, locally at Ashton under Lyne. He is also known to have been married to Mary Ann. Although it cannot be known for certain if it is the same couple, the family history website, CheshireBMD, records the marriage of a Frank Bradley and Mary Ann Coggon at St Peter's Church, Ashton under Lyne in the early 1890s.

There seems to be some considerable confusion about Frank's military service. His name is recorded on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those serving with the Manchester Regiment. Records published after the War, by the Yorkshires, suggest that this as his previous unit before transferring to them and gives a service number of 3627. This is consistent with him joining one of the Territorial Battalions of the Manchesters probably in 1915.

The National Archives at Kew holds the medal entitlement records for all soldiers who served abroad during the War. Frank's records make no mention of the Manchesters but indicate that he served abroad with the service number 3627 with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry before transferring to the Yorkshires.

Even after his transfer to the Yorkshires, his battalion assignment is confused. The War Graves Commission assigns him to the 1st Battalion, yet regimental records assign to the 1st Garrison Battalion - and entirely different unit. It is almost certain that the Garrison Battalion is correct. These units were formed from men deemed to old, or in too poor a physical condition, for the rigours of the front line trenches. The Yorkshires 1st Garrison Battalion was raised in Pontefract in October 1915 and was sent to the then undivided India.

Frank is now commemorated on a Memorial to men who died whilst in India and what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh. In many cases, their graves are scattered and it has become impossible to maintain them .

   
           
   
     
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