Fred BRADLEY
Rank: Private
Number: 244231
Unit: 1/5 Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 May 1917
Age:
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known about Fred Bradley, other than he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town.

The 5th Battalion were Pioneers - fighting troops but those also charged with the construction of defences. On the day he was killed, the Cheshires were in the vicinity of the village of Guemappe, some 15 miles to the south west of Arras. "A" and "B" Companies were repairing support and communication trenches at a section of the line known as Cavalry Farm. Although no mention is made, in the Battalion's War Diary, of what happened, it is presumed that German artillery shelled the position. Two soldiers were killed outright and a further 19 wounded (12 with only minor injuries). Fred was one of three men posted as "missing". His body was never recovered and identified - perhaps he suffered a direct hit from a shell and there was no body left to recover. It was a common occurrence!

   
           
   
     
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