Huthwaite War Memorial Project

Bradder J. 15550

John Bradder

John Bradder

Private 15550 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 11th Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 16th March 1916 : Aged 25

Y Farm Military Cemetery Bois-Grenier ref. F.40

Born and enlisting in Mansfield, John had become a village resident with wife addressed at 4 Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, while being formerly employed as a coal miner at the local New Hucknall Colliery.

Notts Free Press – 31st March 1916
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."
Notts. Free Press 31st March, 1916.
Huthwaite Soldier’s Death
Shot Whilst Parapet Building

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.
Notts Free Press – 14th April, 1916. (summary) Rev. Beswick conducted a memorial service 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.
    - In Memoriam -
Notts Free Press 15th. March, 1918

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.

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Written 18 Jul 06 Revised 08 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott