1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 23916 Alfred Bradshaw
- Age: Unknown.
- From: Runcorn, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- D.O.W Tuesday 11th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Etaples Mil Cem
Panel Ref: II.A.79A
Pte 23916 Alfred Joseph BRADSHAW, 20th Battalion KLR.
The CWGC records show him as being 22 years old, born in Runcorn and the son of F.J. and L. Bradshaw, 34 High Street, Runcorn when he died of his wounds on 11th July 1916.
The 1911 Census shows Frederick John and Lillian Bradshaw living at 34 High Street with their four children - Frederick William, 19 years, cabinet maker’s apprentice; Alfred Joseph, 16 years, cabinet maker’s apprentice; daughter Lillian, 14 years; and Ernest, 1 year.
Alfred’s Service Record is not available but we know that he went to France on 07.11.1915 and earned his three medals - 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals. His elder brother, Frederick William, enlisted as William Frederick at Runcorn on 10.12.1915 as Gunner 141235, 254 Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. He was reported as missing on 09.04.1918 and was subsequently declared as having died that same date. By referring to his Service Record, we can positively identify Alfred as above. William Frederick had married Fanny Dale on 6th September 1916. After enlisting, he was placed on the Reserve List and mobilised on 07.03.1917, joining the British Expeditionary Force in France on 15.02.1918. Less than 2 months later he was dead.
Alfred’s body was recovered and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Grave II A 79A. Etaples was the location for the major hospitals and mobilisations and the cemetery contains more than 11,000 graves, mainly those of wounded soldiers who died in one or other of the hospitals. The Bradshaw family was one of many families who lost more than one member during World War 1.
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