Reuben Bradford

Name

Reuben Bradford

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

23/04/1917
36

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
26710
Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ARRAS MEMORIAL
Bay 5.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial,
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town,
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town,
Aspenden Village Memorial,
Buntingford Town Memorial

Pre War

Reuben was born at Symonds Green, Stevenage on the 30 April 1882 to John and Sarah Bradford. He later lived at Hoares Cross, Braughing near Ware with his wife, Sylvia, and their children, Florrie & George. He enlisted in the Army in the village of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. In the 1911 census he is married to Sylvia Bradford who was born in Buntingford and they have two children Florrie aged 2 and George aged 1. They were living at Hoares Cross, Braughing. Reuben was working as a cow man on a farm.

Wartime Service

He was killed when the Battalion was called to attack the village of Gravrelle as part of the British offensive at Arras. The battalion went straight through the village gaining its objectives and consolidating its position on the Northern outskirts.


Although they were heavily shelled throughout the day and also had to fight of a heavy German counter attack, they succeeded in holding on to their objective despite suffering some 229 casualties. Reuben was killed at some point during this action, probably from German machine gun fire which accounted for many of the Battalions casualties.


He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Kate Thompson
Paul Johnson, Carol Emery