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Jack Colclough BRADFORD

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Forename(s): Jack Colclough

Place of Birth: Little Leigh, Northwich, Cheshire

Service No: 20301

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1917-04-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Jack Colclough Bradford was the son of James and Sarah Ann Bradford, née Colclough. James was born at Higher Whitley, Cheshire and Sarah at Chesterton, Staffordshire.

1901 Weaverham, Cheshire Census: Church Lane - Jac. C. Bradford, aged 8 years, born Little Leigh, Cheshire, son of James Bradford, widower.

1911 Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire Census: Newfield Farm, Jumble Holes - Jack Colclough Bradford, aged 18 years, born Little Leigh, Cheshire. [Jack was employed by John Henry Bleazard, Farmer.]

Jack was married to Millicent Floyd in 1916. Millicent married Frederick Clarence Richmond in 1931.

The British Army Service Record for Jack Colclough Bradford exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Jack C. Bradford, 20301, W. Rid. R. Pres. Dead 25.4.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Jack Colclough Bradford, 20301, 9th W. Rid. R. Pres. Dead 25.4.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Pte Jack Colclough Bradford, 20301, 9th Bn West Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 25.4.17. Death pres'd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Millicent. £5 3s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Jack. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Millicent Richmond, born 18.2.94. Address1. 86 [?], Station Road, Huncoat, Accrington. Address 2. 50, Model Village, Ingleton, York[s]. Address 3. 50, Burnley Lane, Huncoat, Nr Accrington, Lancs. Children: Bertha, born 13.5.17.

A short biography of Jack is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

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Private Jack Colclough BRADFORD

Private Jack Colclough BRADFORD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Forename(s): Jack Colclough

Born: Little Leigh, Norwich

Residence: Accrington, Lancs

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 20301

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 25/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Jack Colclough

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20301

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 25/04/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Millicent Bradford, of 50, New Village, Ingleton, Carnforth, Yorks.


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Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s British War Medal and Victory Medal

Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s British War Medal and Victory Medal

Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s British War Medal (reverse)

Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s British War Medal (reverse)

Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s Victory Medal (reverse)

Pte Jack Colclough Bradford’s Victory Medal (reverse)

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15 June 1917


The following Ingleton men have been officially reported as 'missing':- Sergt. R. Walker, Sergt. H. I. Morris, Pte. Alf Sherwin, Pte. Colin Murphy, Pte. Ed. Robinson and Pte. John Bradford.

They were all in the attack launched against the enemy in the beginning of May, since which time no news has been gathered of their whereabouts. It is thought probable that they are prisoners in Germany, and it is sincerely hoped that nothing worse has befallen them.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary's Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played 'O rest in the Lord', and at the conclusion the Dead March in 'Saul', 'How bright these glorious spirits shine', and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the 'Last Post', and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:-

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends', said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, "Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?" They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world - from a military point of view the strongest - a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man's guidance, in a moment.

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22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE - On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary's Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, "Greater love hath no man," and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The 'Dead March' was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the 'Last Post' by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:-

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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    2 Responses to Jack Colclough BRADFORD

    1. Michael Richmond July 25, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      Jack Colclough Bradford was the first husband of Millicent Floyd. They were married in 1916. In 1917 Millicent Bradford gave birth to their daughter, Bertha. When Jack was killed in 1917 Millicent remained a widow for several years. In 1931 Millicent remarried. Her new husband was my grandfather, Frederick Clarence Richmond. Together they had a son, my father….Jeffrey Richmond. Millicent was my grandmother. Her daughter, Bertha, was my father’s half sister and my aunt. Millicent died in 1935 after only being married a short time, living in Leeds. Her daughter, Bertha, married in 1946 but died in 1951. The Richmond family will forever remember Jack Colclough Bradford. Had Jack returned from the war my family today would not exist. I have, in my possession, Jack’s war medals and plaque awarded for his brave service. They will be treasured and honoured down the generations of this family.

    2. Kevin Dale May 25, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

      Jack was my Grandfather Cyril’s brother, they were in the Northwich workhouse together before they were collected by their eldest sister Bertha and lived in Biddulph.

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