Harrogate Herald - 7th June 1916
"Billy" Bell writes :
Just a few lines to let you know I am quite well,
with nothing much to grumble about, also to thank you for the
Herald, which arrives regularly. Since being home on my last leave
our column is working much nearer the firing line and are parked
well within range of the shells. Some of our lorries have had narrow
escapes, but luckily we have suffered no casualties. It is the gas
that makes us feel nervous, and in the last attack, when our
division suffered so heavily, we could not see across the road, it
was so thick. As a result two of our men were sent to base hospital.
Occasionally I have carried mining parties up to trenches during the
night, and it was on one of these trips that I learnt of my cousin
Jimmy's death, not knowing that he belonged to that company at all.
It was a shock to me, and the same night had a narrow escape myself
from a sniper. Unknowingly my mate and I were strolling about
"suicide corner" near Loos, when four bullets came in
quick succession, one passing between our heads. Needless to say we
scattered and felt very thankful we had suffered no hurt. Last night
my brother Don called to see me on his way home on leave, and we
spent about two hours together. I wished I was coming, too, for
Harrogate must be looking well just now, but I must wait two or
three months yet before my turn comes. I have come across a few
Harrogate chaps lately, including Tommy Womack, Arthur Bradley,
Ambler, and one or two more whose names I forget. Well, I must
close, hoping you are keeping well yourself, also for every success
to the Herald. With kind regards. Please remember me to my friends
in the Herald buildings.
Harrogate Herald - 7th March 1917
W H Breare letter
Can anyone send me Driver A W Parson's (1233)
address? He knows where the grave of Private Arthur Bradley
is, and I want Parson's address for the information. If any other
boy knows the location of Bradley's last resting place I
shall be glad to hear from him.
Harrogate Herald - 30th November 1921
Memorial tablet in porch of the Dragon Road
Methodist Church : Full article at War Memorials
The tablet, which is surrounded with an artistic
raised border, bears an oval wreath in relief, and the names of the
fallen in raised letters in the centre as follows :
honoured memory of the men of this church who fought and died in the
Great War. A Bradley, H Bennison, B Bousedale, R Houseman, E
[Could be K or H] Hardcastle, A Hood, W A Long, W Macintosh, M
Maude, E Middleton, R Preston, N Shepherd, G Topham, W H Weighill, R
Wegg. On to the City of God".
Royal Army Service Corps
Private Arthur Bradley (M2/021242)
Born : Armley
Enlisted : London
Residence : Harrogate
Died : 9th July 1916
Killed in Action
France & Flanders
In Memory of
Private M2/021242 7th Ammunition Sub. Park, Army
Service Corps who died on Sunday, 9th July 1916. Age 23.
Only son of Thomas Bradley and Eliza
Bradley, of 12, East Parade, Harrogate.
DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme,
Grave Reference/Panel Number:
IV. A. I.