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  • Photograph was published on 23rd June 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Awsworth, Nottinghamshire.
Parents: James and Hannah Bradford of 48 Howard Road, Mansfield.
Colliery Pony Driver.
24 May 1915
19
928807 - CWGC Website
15537
Somersall Street, Mansfield.
Private
2nd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Private Neville Bell Bradford, served with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, he was killed in action on 24th May 1915. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser: 17/06/1915: Member of St John's Church. Described by Rev. W Lilley, at the memorial service as " having a gentle courtesy and kindness of heart" and "He had a deep and sincere trust in our Heavenly Father. His example as a citizen and as a Christian was a noble one, and a good pattern for many of us." He had been confirmed into the Church of England by the Bishop of Durham. Article published on 18th June 1915 in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times :- “MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE FALLEN. “ST. JOHN'S, MANSFIELD. “On Sunday afternoon [13th June 1915] a memorial service was held in St. John's Church to honour several parishioners who have fallen at the front. The service was attended by members of the Adult School, St John's C E.M.S., St John's and St. Andrew's B.P. Scouts, and many friends. Suitable hymns were sang, and the service, which consisted of the greater part of the burial service, was read by the Rev. W. Bunting, the lesson being read by the Rev. J. Ridgway. The Vicar (Rev. W. Lilley), gave a short address, in the course of which he referred to the noble example set by the men commemorated in obeying the call of duty to serve their King and country, and in giving their lives for that duty. He dealt particularly with Neville B. Bradford, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was a regular worshipper at St. John's, and pointed out how Bradford had endeared himself to all who knew him by his gentle courtesy and kindness of heart. He mentioned how keen Neville had been to be confirmed, and how unforeseen circumstances had prevented his obtaining his desire until after he had enlisted, when through the kind interest of a clergyman in the diocese of Durham, he was confirmed by the Bishop of Durham. The vicar said he had received many letters from him, and in all of them there was shown a deep and sincere trust in our Heavenly Father. His example as a citizen and as a Christian was a noble one, and a good pattern for many of us. The vicar also mentioned two other parishioners (Butler and Bert Shepherd ), who had recently been killed at the front. The former was connected with St. Andrew's, and the latter had while at home devoted much time and thought and patience to the boys of Mansfield, being a conscientious and hard worker in connection with the local Scouts. At the close of the service the Dead March was played by Mr. T. W. Renshaw.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photograph was published on 23rd June 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Neville Bell Bradford - Photograph was published on 23rd June 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918