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Spr. Horace Frederick Bradbury 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company

Horace Bradbury born 25th of September 1877, signed as willing to serve on the 28th of December 1915 and he stated his home was at 196 Kaleigh St. in Chatham Ontario where he resides with his wife Jane. He stated that he was born in Sheffield England and in 1915 he was a laborer and stood 5 ft 2&3/4 inches tall and listed his religion as Salvation Army. He had a dark complexion and his eyes were brown and he had dark hair. Witnessed by J.C. Grant.

According to the “Canadian Expeditionary Force 70th Battalion Nominal Role Of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men”, Private Horace Frederick Bradbury was Taken on Strength 28th of December 1915 at London, Ontario. He embarked from Port Halifax onboard the SS Lapland for England, arriving on the 5th of May 1916. On the 6th of July Horace was transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at South Cliffs at West Sandbury.

He arrived in France on the 14th of January 1917 and on the 3rd of February he left the Canadian Brigade Depot to join the 1st Canadian Tunneling Division being attached to the 1st. Canadian Tunneling Coy. Horace was wounded at Ypres France on the 23rd of September with a severe Gunshot Wound to his left knee, X-rays were done the same day. On the 25th he was admitted to No.5 General Hospital at Rouen and transferred to No.3 Southern General Hospital at Oxford on the 7th of October. Paperwork dated 28th of November shows Horaces wife Jane resided at 51 Scane Street Chatham. On the 15th of December 1917 Horace was transferred to Cowley Section Hospital and on the 18th of January to the Canadian Orthapedic Hospital. On the 27th of March 1918 Horace was transferred to Convalescent Hospital Woodcote Park, Epsom and on the 31st of May sailed from Liverpool heading back to Canada, boarded Ship Goorka sailing from Avonmouth to Halifax. On the 13th of June was posted to the Hospital Section at London Ontario and granted furlough with subs. But on the 14th was admitted to Hospital with potential influenza. On the 11th of July Horace was granted permission to wear 3 Blue Chevrons at London Ontario and was discharged from hospital on the 1st of August. On the 15th of October he was admitted to LMCH with influenza and he was discharged on the 24th. On the 8th of January 1919 Horace was posted to Casualty Coy from Hospital Section LMCH and the following day was discharged from as Medically Unfit. At this time he had a 8 inch long scar on his left poplietel area and a 2 inch long scar on his Poplietel area and a 2 inch long scar on his left inner thigh (lower 1/3).

Frederick Leonard Bradbury

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