Alfred Royal (“Roy”) Bradford (1894-1916) was a Lieutenant in the 1/1st Battalion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment (Territorial Force). He was killed in action at the Schwaben Redoubt on 14 October 1916. He is buried in Plox IX, Row A, Grave 5 in the Lonsdale Cemetery, France. Thus his body is not buried in his family grave here. He is also commemorated on the war memorials at The Perse School, St Andrew the Great and St Paul’s, Cambridge.
Alfred was born on 25 June 1894 in Cambridge. He was known as Roy. Roy was the eldest of two children of Marcus Dennis Bradford and Elizabeth Jane Bradford (née Mason). His parents were first cousins. His mother died when he was four years old. His father remarried in 1903 to a Katie Newens. His father and Katie went on to have three children, who were Roy’s half-siblings. His half-sibling, Marcus, eventually became Alderman and Mayor of Cambridge. Meanwhile, Roy was educated at the Perse Kindergarten, Mr R. A. A. Beresford’s Prep School, Hunstanton, Bedford Grammar School and the Perse School, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Perse School on 13 January 1903. He joined the Officers’ Training Corps whilst still at school. Roy enlisted in a Public Schools battalion on the outbreak of war and was commissioned on 12 May 1915 into the 2/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. In June 1915 he was stationed at Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. He transferred to ‘B’ Company, 1/1st Battalion on 22 July 1915. He was promoted, and became machine-gun officer.
Roy was killed in action on 14 October 1916 in the Schwaben Redoubt (Feste Schwaben), Somme, France when a shell hit the Battalion Head Quarters. At the time of death he was battalion intelligence officer. Schwaben Redoubt was a series of gun emplacements, trenches and dug-outs, constructed by the Germans as part of their defensive system in the Somme. Roy was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. He left a will and gave everything to his father, who was living at Brooklands House, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge at the time of his son’s death.
Lat Lon : 52.203001, 0.13643861 – click here for location
Parish : St Andrew the Great
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837 – 1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754 – 1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916 – 2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858 – 1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
Kelly’s Directory, Cambridgeshire
The Pelican Magazine, The Perse School, Cambridge (July 1918)
Information kindly provided by the The Perse School, Cambridge
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent