Bradley, Patrick Joseph

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Peter Redfern Metcalfe

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Flint Town

Name / Enw: Bradley, Patrick Joseph

Regiment/Catrawd: “B” Battery 281st Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Driver No 172730

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Mory Street Military Cemetery, St Leger, Pas de Calais

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot A, Grave 9

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal and Victory Medal

Date of Death: 6th September 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action at St Leger, France on the 6th September 1918

Patrick Joseph Bradley was born 28th January, 1899 in Sydney Street, Flint. He was the sixth of seven children to Arthur Bradley and Mary (Murphy) and resided at 43, Sydney Street, Flint. Patrick was unmarried and his occupation is unknown.

He enlisted in Wrexham in July, 1916. A driver’s job in the Royal Field Artillery was to care for and maintain the horses needed to move the artillery pieces around the battlefield.

He was killed in action 6th September, 1918 at St Leger, France, along with seven others and 63 wounded, caused by 5.9 HV (high velocity) shelling of wagon lines.

He was buried at Mory Street Military Cemetery, St Leger, Pas de Calais, France (Plot A, Grave 9) and is remembered on two war memorials: Flint Town and St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor.

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Patrick’s father, who was born in County Down, Ireland, died in late March 1909, aged 46, and buried in the Northop Road Cemetery, Flint. He was employed as an ironworker.

His mother, who was also born in County Down, Ireland, died 24th March, 1926, aged 64, at her residence in Sydney Street, Flint, and buried in the Northop Road Cemetery with her son Peter, but not her husband.