Charles Frederick Bradford (1872-1918) - Rifleman 477 then 206590 24th (Home Counties) Bn Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own).Charles Bradfordwas the eldest son of Mark and Ellen Bradford and, in common with his father and most of his siblings, was a labourer working in the Christ’s Hospital school engineering department. From around 1900 until at least 1918 Charles and his family – his wife Elizabeth (nee Gumm) and children Mabel Kathleen and Mark James - lived in Two Mile Ash.Charles’ military record states that he joined up in Horsham and, after a brief spell in the 3rd/ 4thB Royal Sussex Regiment, was posted to the 24th(Home Counties) Bn Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Charles was in his 40’s at the beginning of the war and therefore probably not considered for front line service and indeed the 3rd/4thBattalion Royal Sussex, formed at Horsham in March 1915, was intended to be a home service, "third line", unit. Reorganisation in September 1915 renamed the battalion the 2nd/4thand as this battalion is not mentioned in his records, Charles must have transferred regiments around this time. This timing fits in with his service with the 24th(Home Counties) Rifle Brigade, which was a Territorial Force formed at Halton Camp West in what is now Cumbria on 10th November 1915. The Rifle Brigade had no pre-war Territorial Force battalions of its own and the 18ththrough to the 24thBattalions were comprised of supernumeraries from other TF companies of men drafted from the National Reserve. The intention was that they be used in guarding vulnerable points in Britain and elsewhere in the Empire. The 24thwas composed of drafts from The Queen’s, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Royal Sussex, East Surrey, Essex, Royal West Kent and Hertfordshire Regiments and the 18th, 23rdand 24th Battalions all served in India, being posted there to act as garrison staff to allow regular soldiers to transfer to the front lines.Charles disembarked in India on the 12th February 1916 and served there for the next 2 years.Quite what happened in India the records do not say but Charles died there on the 13thJune 1918 and is buried in Ferozepore Military Cemetery near Lahore. 24thBn records are sparse and no War Diary exists but we do know that it reached Agra on 25thFebruary 1916, and moved on 19thApril to Sialkot with detachments, at different periods, at Jullundur, Amritsar, Lahore and Ferozepore for internal security duties. In 1918 24thBn was part of Sialkot Brigade of the 2nd(Rawalpindi) Division of the Indian Army. Charles may have been killed in the line of duty but it is more likely, in view of the battalion’s role, is that his death was due to illness. He was buried the day after his death.He was granted the Victory Medal for his service although a note on his Medal Index Card suggests that this was never collected. He is now remembered on the Horsham War Memorial.