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M/51511   Gunner John Bradley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/01/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 19th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/04/1907
Died: 24/02/1945 (Killed in Action)
Age: 38
Summary      
John Bradley was the son of John and Harriet Bradley. He was born on born 5th April 1907 in the Benburb area. He was one of at least ten children. His father and grandfather were farmers. John Bradley came to Calgary in Canada in 1926. Prior to enlisting John was employed by the Empress Hotel. John Bradley enlisted with the army in 1942, proceeding overseas in July 1943. Gunner John Bradley was serving with the 19th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery when he was killed in action in Europe on 24th February 1945.
Gunner John Bradley
Further Information
John Bradley was the son of John and Harriet Bradley. John Bradley and Harriet Miller were married on 21st March 1906 in the district of Newry and Mourne.
The 1911 census lists John as age 4, living with the family at house 3 in Tullylearn, Moy, County Tyrone. His father and grandfather were farmers.
Known family: John Bradley, Harriet Bradley, Emily Bradley (born 8th November 1905, Newry), John Bradley (born 5th April 1907), Jane Bradley (born 20th December 1908), Mabel Elizabeth Bradley (born about 1910), William Bradley (born 10th October 1911), Roland Bradley (born 29th June 1913), Harold Bradley (born 2nd August 1914), Annabella Bradley (born 5th October 1915), Mildred Bradley (born 10th May 1917), Eileen Bradley (born 10th March 1919).
John Bradley was a member of Derryoghill L.O.L. No 3.
John Bradley came to Calgary in 1926.
Prior to enlisting John was employed by the Empress Hotel. Located at 118 9th Avenue SE in Calgary, it was built in 1911 and demolished in 1986.
 Empress Hotel. Located at 118 9th Avenue SE in Calgary
John Bradley was married to Muriel Bradley. They had four daughters. They lived at 2327 2a Street E in Calgary.
Family: John Bradley, Muriel Bradley, Thelma Bradley, Lorraine Bradley, Dorothy Bradley, Jacqueline Bradley.
John Bradley enlisted with the army in 1942, proceeding overseas in July 1943.
Gunner John Bradley
Gunner John Bradley was serving with the 19th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery when he was killed in action in Europe on 24th February 1945.
From the Calgary Herald, unknown date: Former Hotel Employee Killed
Calgary Herald newspaper report
Gunner John Bradley, 36, was killed in action in February. He was believed to be fighting in Germany. Born in Ireland, Gunner Bradley came to Calgary in 1926. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Empress Hotel. He enlisted with the army in 1942, proceeding overseas in July 1943. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Thelma, Lorraine, Dorothy and Jacqueline, all of 2327 2a Street E. His mother and father, Mr and Mrs John Bradley, and two brothers and seven sisters are all in Ireland. A sister, Mrs G J Riezebos, lives at 2123 16th Street E.
Notice of death
Gunner John Bradley is buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in Holland. Most of those buried in the cemetery were Canadians, many of whom died in the Battle of the Rhineland, when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division took part in the drive southwards from Nijmegen to clear the territory between the Maas and the Rhine in February and March 1945.
Gunner John Bradley's headstone
Gunner John Bradley's headstone
John Bradley is commemorated locally on Moy War Memorial.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Tullylearn, Benburb Benburb Census listing in Tullylearn, Benburb 54.409723 -6.723050
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Bradley family Lists John as age 4 living with the family at house 3 in Tullylearn, Moy, Tyrone
2 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of John Bradley including photos
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Gunner John Bradley's gravestone
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Gunner John Bradley's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020