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Cpl. Dennis Bradbury
British Army 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt)
(d.10th Jun 1917)
I knew very little about my great uncle Dennis Bradbury, until quite recently, when I began to research my family tree. He was involved in the fighting just South East of Ypres, at a place called Zillebeke, and among my grandmother's papers I found the following (undated) newspaper article.
"In reference to the late Corpl. Dennis Bradbury, whose death in action we chronicled last week, his sisters have received the following letter from Pioneer G. Ingle, of the West Riding Regiment: “Dear Friends, May we, the boys who were with him (Dennis Bradbury), offer you our deepest sympathy in your loss. He died nobly. Hearing a wounded man call, he at once went to assist, and I am sorry, very sorry, to say he was killed instantly. Surely no man could do more than this. We buried him near the spot, and will do our utmost to make him a cross (a proper one) when next we go that way. As I live near you (Ilkley), we had many talks of home and promised to see each other if we got back safely. After making inquiries I obtained this address, which I think is his sister’s. We were together all the time and we realise that we have lost a good and faithful pal. He died bravely and nobly, doing his duty, helping his comrade. May this comfort all of you, his relatives at home. It reminds one of “Greater love hath no man than this.” Anything I can tell you, or do, ask me. Someday, perhaps, I may see you. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. May God give you strength to bear it bravely. With best wishes”
How very sad that I rarely heard his name mentioned during my childhood, although I have carried his photograph, in a locket my Grandmother gave me, for many years.
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