George Edward BRADFORD

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BRADFORD, George Edward

Service Numbers: 1712, 1727
Enlisted: 4 January 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Albury, New South Wales, 20 February 1893
Home Town: Forbes, Forbes, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, 15 August 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea
Memorials: Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1712, 1st Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
10 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1712, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1712, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
15 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1727, 1st Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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"PRIVATE G. BRADFORD.

"It is officially reported that No. 1712, Private G. E. Bradford, 1st battalion, died from wounds, 15th August. Please inform Mrs G. E. Bradford, and convey the deep regret and sympathy of their Majesties, the King and Queen, and the Commonwealth Government in the loss that she and the army have sustained by the death of a soldier."

The above message was received by the Rev. A. J. Gardner on Saturday afternoon from the Defence Department, in Melbourne. Sympathetic references were made to the deceased young soldier as the sad news travelled round. The deceased was practically a native of Forbes, and lived with his relatives, Mr and Mrs T. P. Dunn, who formerly kept the Hotel Victoria. After leaving school, the late Mr Bradford entered the office of Mr D. J. Moloney, solicitor, Forbes, where he spent three years, and from thence he went to the office of Messrs Edward Weaver and Co., stock and station agents. Shortly before leaving Forbes to enter the employ of one of the Sydney wool firms, Mr Bradford was married to Miss Curry, of this town. The young couple resided in Sydney for over twelve months, when the call of Empire became too great for the young soldier to remain unheeded, and he joined the colors. During his term in camp his only child died. Private Bradford sailed from Sydney on April 17th, and in due time was sent to the front, where he was fatally wounded, and now he sleeps in a soldier's grave. Deceased was only 22 years of age at the time of his death. At Forbes he was very popular with his numeorus acquaintances. A good athlete, he was an active member of the Harriers' Club, and won several trophies during the first season. It is with much regret that we record the death of such a promising young man. Much sympathy is expressed for the young widow in her great loss, and as a mark of respect the flag at the town hall was flown at half mast." - from the Forbes Advocate 07 Sep 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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