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Clement Everly BRADFORD

Regimental number2730
Place of birthAshbourne, South Australia
SchoolMount Barker High School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationShop assistant
AddressMurray Bridge, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs J S Bradford, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He was more than anxious to enlist with his older brothers when war was declared but was only 18 yrs old. After he went to Torrens Island [Adelaide, SA] to guard German prisoners & enlisted 2 months afterwards." (details from mother) Died at Harefield Hospital, England.
FateDied of disease 12 October 1918
Date of death12 October 1918
Age at death22.4
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialCowley (St. Lawrence) Churchyard (Aust. 71), Middlesex, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
150
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Julie BRADFORD, Murray Bridge, Sough Australia
Medals

Military Medal

'On 13th September 1918 near LE VERGUIER North West of ST. QUENTIN, this N.C.O. showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of his platoon in a night advance. The platoon came under very heavy machine gun fire from the enemy who were strongly entrenched, but this N.C.O. with determination, and setting a high example of bravery, led his men forward and gained the objective. The enemy then counter-attacked him strongly, and although he had but few men, his determination, fearlessness, and cheerfulness in keeping his men together, was undoubtedly the cause of the platoon being able to hold on and consolidate the position. As a result of this operation, heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy and two machine guns captured. '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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