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George Ernest Bradford (1885-1917) - Pte GS/65118 13 th  Bn Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment.    George   Bradford ,   brother   of   Charles,   was   one   of   the   three   youngest   sons   of   Mark   and   Ellen   Bradford   and   all   three   –   George,   Arthur William   and   Albert   Reginald   –   were   admitted   to   Itchingfield   School   in   1897.   All   however   left   the   school   just   a   year   later   when   the   family moved   away   from   Barns   Green.   It   appears   from   the   1901   census   that   the   family   moved   down   to   Hellingly,   near   Hailsham   in   East   Sussex, and   young   George   was   still   living   at   home   at   this   time.   He   returned   to   the   area   a   few   years   later   however,   and   married   Ellen   Gumm (younger   sister   of   Charles’   wife   Elizabeth)   in   Horsham   in   1909.   By   1911   George,   Ellen   and   young   daughter   Muriel   Violet   were   living   in Westons Cottages in Itchingfield and George was working as a coal trimmer in the steam power station at Christ’s Hospital. George   enlisted   in   Horsham,   probably   shortly   after   conscription   was   introduced   in   the   spring   of   1916,   and   may   have   served   for   a   short period   with   the   Middlesex   Regiment   for   his   training.   It   is   clear   from   his   medal   records   however   that   his   active   service   was   seen   with   13 th   Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment. George   shipped   to   France   in   March   1917   and   after   about   three   weeks   in   a   holding   camp   on   the   French   coast   was   posted   to   the   front   on the 21 st  April. He survived just four days; being killed in action on 24 th  April 1917. At   this   time,   according   to   the   War   Diary,   and   to   “The   Royal   Fusiliers   in   the   Great   War”   by   H   C   O’Neill,   the         battalion   was   heavily   involved in   the   Second   Battle   of   the   Scarpe.   The      Battalion   was   involved   in   consolidating   and   patrolling   the   position   on   Greenland   Hill   that   had been   established   in   action   on   the   23 rd .   Heavy   artillery   activity   was   noted   on   the   nights   of   the   23 rd    and   24 th    April   and   it   is   likely   that   this   is when George was killed. He   is   buried   in   Chilli   Trench   Cemetery,   Gavrelle   and   remembered   on   the   Itchingfield   and   Horsham   War   Memorials.   For   his   service   George was granted the British War and Victory Medals.
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