310069 Private William BRADLEY, Royal Tank Regiment

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by HTSCF Fareham, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. HTSCF Fareham

    HTSCF Fareham New Member

    I appreciate that this is slightly off from WW2, but I'm looking for some help in trying to establish what unit Private Bradley was in.

    I know that he enlisted at Winchester on 25/07/1921 and was discharged from service on 24/07/1933, dying on 13/03/1936.
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Steve is right you have to be lucky to find anything, but looks like you may be lucky - the below is from the RTC enlistment record - it seems to show he had served in WW1 - under his name in pencil is 9L so I think he was 9th Lancers although I'm not sure if that was his unit all through this later service

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  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Thanks Alistair.

    Searching in his WW1 number turns up 3 Medal Index Cards - I don’t have access to the actual Medal Rolls which may have more detail.

    1. 1914/15 Star MIC - Driver 321 Bradley entered France with a Territorial Unit 17th Jan 1915


    On the basis he arrived in France 17 Jan 1925 and went on serve in Salonica he MAY have been part of a RFA unit in 28th Division.

    2. BWM & VM MIC - Gunner 851540 Bradley

    3. Silver War Badge MIC - Gunner 851540 Bradley

    You may find out more about his WW1 service if you post on Great War Forum.


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  5. HTSCF Fareham

    HTSCF Fareham New Member

    Sorry, probably should've expanded the information provided to say that he did serve in WW1 and I have the details of his involvement and various regiments.

    Driver 851450, RFA, 1/A Reserve Brigade 26/08/1914 to 18/03/1919
    Driver 321 RGA
    9th Queen Royal Lancers
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  6. HTSCF Fareham

    HTSCF Fareham New Member

    Thanks for this information. I'll look into the Tank Museum and RTR Tracer Cards as I haven't tried these yet.

    Obtaining the Military Service Record is going to be cost prohibitive at this stage as I have a lot of research to complete.

    My work is available here:- Fareham War Memorial – Holy Trinity with St Columba, Fareham
  7. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    His posting to 1/A Reserve Brigade would be at the very end of his service - a UK based holding unit - while he was being treated for illness/injury and pending his discharge. Without looking at the SWB register I’d hazard a guess he suffered from malaria from his Salonica service and that likely lead to his discharge.

    Good luck with your worthy endeavours.

  8. HTSCF Fareham

    HTSCF Fareham New Member

    Died at 'The Mount' Sanatorium, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire from tuberculous mediastinal abscesses causing tuberculosis of the spine.
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