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William Bradwell

Private William John Bradwell of the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st Bn., attached to the Army Service Corps, Service No. 34162, died in France on July 2nd 1918, of an unknown illness, aged 29. At the time of his death, both the 7th and the 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations were located at Ligny-St Flochel and it is likely that William was a patient in one of these stations.

William was the son of Mrs. and Mr. Powell (stepfather), of Dunstan. According to the Commonwalth War Graves Commision his wife was Ellen Bradwell, of 1, West Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent. When William wrote his will in 1916 he recorded that his wife lived at 1 Sea View Farm, Dunstan. It is possible that following William's death his wife moved 'home' to Kent.

He is buried at the Ligny-St. Flochel Cemetery. This is situated in the village of Averdoingt, some 24 miles from Arras. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Ligny-St. Flochel Cemetery

William's gravestone in Ligny St Flochel Cemetery

The following item appeared in the Alnwick and County Gazette of July 13th, 1918:

Alnwick & County Gazette July 13th 1918

This account of William's death was compiled with some difficulty because of a transcription error on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission web site, now corrected, which had recorded him as J.W. Radwell, not Bradwell. There is a continuing confusion because the Commission's records refer to John William Bradwell, whereas on the Spitalford memorial his name is given as William J. Bradwell. However, as he signs his will 'William J Bradwell', this is the format used here.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - John William Bradwell

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