William John BRADFORD MiD

BRADFORD, William John

Service Number: 2393
Enlisted: 20 March 1916, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Mackay, Queensland, 7 August 1885
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ironmonger's assistant
Died: Natural causes (illness), Mackay, Queensland, 6 July 1943, aged 57 years
Cemetery: Mackay Cemetery, Qld
Memorials: Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2393, Rockhampton, Queensland
19 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2393, 47th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
19 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2393, 47th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), GSW (left leg)
12 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2393, 47th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele, GSW (left thigh)
25 May 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
16 Mar 1919: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Sir D. Haig's despatches of soldiers deserving of special mention
23 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2393, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor


Corporal W. J. Bradford, 45th Battalion, son of Mrs. E. Bradford, George-street, is returning by Miltiades due this month. Corporal Bradford has been on active service over three years.' from Daily Mercury 2 Aug 1919 (nla.gov.au)



There was a large and representative attendance at the funeral of the late William John Bradford yesterday afternoon. Deceased, who was 57 years, was a native of Mackay, being the son of Mr. George Bradford, of Marian, and the late Mrs. Bradford. As a youth he was employed at Shepherd's Anvil Stores, and with the exception of the period he served with the AIF In the last war he remained with the firm, occupying the position of manager of the hardware department. In his youth he was an outstanding sportsman, particularly In the realm of cricket, and later was an active bowler, being a member of the Mackay Club.

For some time he had not enjoyed the best of health and about 12 months ago underwent an operation In Brisbane for an internal complaint. About a month ago, there was a recurrence of the illness which resulted in his passing. Services at the home in Othello-street and at the graveside were conducted by Rev. E. Potter, and the Last Post was sounded by Mr. C. Graham in memory of a soldier who had passed on. Pallbearers were — Messrs. H. Flohr, K. McKerihan (Anvil Stores), H. Cooling (RSSIL), T. Calder (ARP), and Messrs. L. P. Byrne and W. Hanson. The Oddfellows' Lodge, of which deceased was a member, was well represented, also members and runners of No. 8 Warden's Post. Deceased Is survived by his widow and daughter, Marjorie Bradford.' from Daily Mercury 8 Jul 1943 (nla.gov.au)