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Frederick’s father’s drapers shop in Darlington Street

 

Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Frederick William and Elizabeth Bradford. In 1901, they were living at 5 Summerfield Road, Wolverhampton, together with Frederick’s sister Mary B. and cousin Annie Chelnick. By 1911, Frederick was a draper’s assistant at Beauchamp House, Church Street, Great Malvern, Worcestershire.

Frederick enlisted with the Tank Corps (number 206103). A small article in the Express & Star on 15 September 1917 details that his father had received news that he had been taken prisoner. The article stated that a car containing Bradford and seven men had got into difficulties, “but the eight held out all day and night, surrendering the following day.” Frederick’s medal card confirms that he was a prisoner of war from 22 August 1917 until 11 November 1918. The prisoner of war records state that he had received a shot in the right thigh, and was in the Coblenz Fortress Hospital.

However, Frederick survived the war. I have not been able to confirm whether he got married or had children, but he

died in Bilston in 1959 at the age of 65.

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