Private 15550 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 11th Battalion
Enlisted: Mansfield September 1914
Killed in Action Flanders 16th March 1916 : Aged 25
Y Farm Military Cemetery Bois-Grenier ref. F.40
Private 15550 John Bradder was born 1890 in and registered Q2 at Mansfield. Parents 1879 Q4 marriage between Iron Moulder Mr George Bradder from Mansfield and Miss Sarah Sansom from Chesterfield, soon held a family home address at No3 Whyatts Yard off Clumber Street, where Mrs Sarah Bradder mothered ten children. Father still headed that 1911 household aged 52, with wife 51 after finally and fully naming throughout all those years Arthur 1880, Sarah Ann 1881, George 1883, Annie 1885, Lilly 1888, John 1890, Florry 1893, Ada 1896, Maud 1902, Charles Stephen 1908.
Mr John Bradder was still a 21 year old single coal miner in that last census. Marriage early 1915 with Miss Hannah Heathcote born 1892 in Huthwaite, is where John last held work at New Hucknall Colliery offering their 14 Blackwell Road marital address.
Private 15550 J Bradder had apparently enlisted for military service at Mansfield in September 1914. Mobilised for active service with 11th Notts & Derbys Sherwood Foresters landed him in France 27th August 1915. He was killed in action on the Western Front among those Flanders battlefields on 16th March 1916, aged 25. A widowed Mrs Hannah Bradder received news and later soldier gratuities, also ensuring J Bradder gained deserving Huthwaite remembrance on the cemetery cenotaph roll of honour.
Mrs. Bradder, 14, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, has received news of the death of her husband, Private John Bradder, of the 11th. Battalion Sherwood Foresters. Pte. Bradder, who was 25 years of age, formerly worked at the New Hucknall Colliery. He enlisted in September, 1914, and was sent to France in August last. From the officer of his Company Mrs. Bradder has received the following letter :
You will already have heard from the War Office of the death in action of your husband, but I thought as he was in my platoon I would write and tell you of the circumstances of his death. He was hit at 10:30 last night while building up a parapet on a communication trench. The bullet went in the abdomen. He said "Ah, that was a good shot," and jumped down. We did everything possible for him, but he died in five minutes. Before he died he asked for his personal belongings to be sent to you and you should receive them shortly. We buried him at 3:30 this afternoon in a little cemetery near ____. As many of his pals as could be spared came to the funeral. We are putting a little cross on his grave and as long as we are in this neighbourhood you can rest assured we will look after it. I will try and get a photo taken of the grave and send it to you. Your husband was my orderly, one of the best men I had, and a general favourite. I shall miss him very much indeed. If there is any further information I can give you, you have only to write and ask. Allow me to offer you my deepest sympathy in your great loss.
At the Parish Church on Sunday morning the Rev. FN Beswick (Vicar) conducted a memorial service to the late Private J Bradder of Huthwaite, who was recently killed in action. There was a good congregation, including relatives and friends of the deceased soldier. Special prayers and psalms were used, and the hymns were ‘Rock of Ages’, ;On the resurrection Morning; and ‘Jesu, lover of my Soul’. The reverend gentleman preached from the text, ‘The Lord God of your fathers’ and compared the lot of the Israelites and their suffering under Pharoah, and their ultimate deliverance with the crises of to-day. The roll of honour in the church was surrounded with a laurel wreath, and the Union Jack flew at half-mast on the tower during the service. Mr JP Morley was at the organ and played the Dead March from ‘Saul' to Private Bradder. There was a good congregation with friends and relatives of the deceased soldier. The Roll of Honour was surrounded by a laurel wreath and the Union Jack flown at half-mast.
Bradder.- In Loving Memory of Private John Bradder, 11th. Sherwood Foresters, killed in Action, March 16th. 1916, aged 25 years. Could we have raised his dying head, And heard his last farewell; The blow would not have been so hard, To those who loved him well. Softly at night the stars are gleaming On a quiet grave, Where there sleepeth without dreaming, One we loved but could not save.- From his sorrowing Wife.