This is a repost by Victoria Doran
Included on all the main memorials in West Kirby, a Private in the 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment who was killed in action during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
Any further information on this man would be most welcome.
Book of Remembrance entry
From his Book of Remembrance entry Richard Bradley was born about 1898. From the database, UK Soldiers Died in the Great War we believe he was born in Liverpool. However there was only one Richard Bradley born at the right time in Liverpool, and it has been proven that he died within 3 months of birth, so Liverpool as the place of birth is incorrect or the age given in the Book of Remembrance is incorrect.
The same database states that he enlisted in Birkenhead. From other men’s records, this may in fact mean he was resident in Birkenhead when he enlisted. From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records we know that he was Private 29513 in the 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.
Cheshire Regiment cap badge
From his medal card we know that he did not serve overseas before 1916, so he was probably conscripted when he reached his 18th birthday.
Register of soldiers effects
This shows his sole legatee as an aunt Eliza J Bradley. All the possible Eliza J Bradleys have been investigated and none seems to have a nephew Richard that fits. Possibly she lived in Scotland or Ireland or even further afield. If his sole legatee was an aunt, it is very likely that both his parents were already dead.
Richard was killed in action on 30 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. His battalion was part of the 7th Brigade of the 25th Division. He presumably fought in the Battle of Pilckem at the beginning of August, and was involved in the heavy and continuous local fighting that followed for the rest of the next few weeks.
His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres.
Tyne Cot Memorial
He is also well remembered in West Kirby, on Grange Hill War Memorial and the Rolls of Honour in both St Andrew and St Bridget churches.
Birth: abt 1898 in Liverpool
Death: 30th August 1917 near Ypres, Belgium
Addresses: not known
Occupation: not known
Unit: 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Number and Rank: 29513; Private
Medals: Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: Belgium: Ypres, Tyne Cot Memorial panel 61-63; Grange Hill War Memorial, St Andrew, St Bridget – all in West Kirby
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, RSE, WK