Harry Newman Radford (1878–1916) was Private (S4/140291), 31st Field Butchery, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). He died at Basrah, Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 1 July 1916. Nothing is known of the circumstances of his death. The Battle of Basrah took place in November 1914, when Commonwealth Forces captured the city from the Turks and held it thereafter. His death is recorded at the Basrah Memorial (VI. T. 10.) and on the Romsey Mill War Memorial in Romsey Town, Cambridge, as well as this family grave.

Frank Shallow Radford, his younger brother, was killed in action in 1918.

Harry was born in 1878 in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. He was one of twelve children born to Newman Radford and Mary Ann Radford (née Shallow). Harry became a butcher like his father and his paternal grandfather. Harry enlisted in Cambridge as Private (S4/140291) in the 31st Field Butchery, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). He first served in Egypt before being sent to Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) where he died on 1 July 1916 in Basrah. He was awarded the Victory medal, the British War medal and the 1915 Star.


Radford grave
Radford grave



Lat Lon : 52.202244, 0.13817092 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

See family grave page for more information






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
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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
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Harry Newman Radford