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Charles Frederick Bradford (1872-1918) - Rifleman 477 then 206590 24 th  (Home Counties) Bn Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own).    Charles   Bradford    was   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   3 rd /   4 th    B   Royal   Sussex   Regiment,   was   posted   to the   24 th    (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   3 rd /4 th    Battalion   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   2 nd /4 th    and   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   24 th    (Home   Counties)   Rifle   Brigade,   which   was   a Territorial Force formed at Halton Camp West in what is now Cumbria on 10 th  November 1915.  The   Rifle   Brigade   had   no   pre-war   Territorial   Force   battalions   of   its   own   and   the   18 th    through   to   the   24 th    Battalions   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   24 th    was   composed   of   drafts   from   The   Queen’s,   Norfolk,   Suffolk, Bedfordshire,   Royal   Sussex,   East   Surrey,   Essex,   Royal   West   Kent   and   Hertfordshire   Regiments   and   the   18 th ,   23 rd    and   24 th 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 12 th  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   13 th    June   1918   and   is   buried   in   Ferozepore   Military Cemetery   near   Lahore.   24 th    Bn   records   are   sparse   and   no   War   Diary   exists   but   we   do   know   that   it   reached   Agra   on   25 th    February   1916, and   moved   on   19 th    April   to   Sialkot   with   detachments,   at   different   periods,   at   Jullundur,   Amritsar,   Lahore   and   Ferozepore   for   internal security   duties.   In   1918   24 th    Bn   was   part   of   Sialkot   Brigade   of   the   2 nd    (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.
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