William Radford

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Lance Corporal

Service No:           28375

Unit:                     2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

 William was born in St George, Bristol in March 1891, his parents were Levi & Sarah Radford, his father was a tar distiller.  A 7 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his parents & 3 siblings in Olive Villa, Avonvale ,Road St. George, Bristol.  By 1911 the family were resident at 112 Church Road Redfield, Bristol; 20 year old William was a hostler.

William originally enlisted into 8th (Service) Battalion that was formed at Bristol in September 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 57th Brigade in 19th (Western) Division.

He later was transferred to 2/5th Battalion originally formed at Gloucester in September 1914 as a home service ("second line") unit. In January 1915 the formation  came under command of 2nd South Midland Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division, at Northampton. Moved to Chelmsford in April 1915 and on to Park House Camp (Tidworth) in February 1916.

William died of wounds on 15th April 1918;  he is buried and remembered with honour at the Aire Communal Cemetery ; grave location IV.F.16.

The burials in plots II, III and IV (rows A to F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13 kilometres of the German lines.

Image by kind permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.   

William was awarded The British War Medal &  The Victory Medal.


References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK census

The Long, Long Trail