Other names: Jesse
Locations in this story: Hartgrove, Shaftesbuyr, DorsetEast Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersGillingham, DorsetManston, Sturminster, Dorset
Story: Jesse Bradley was born at Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12 Aug 1882 the son of Thomas Edward Bradley and Sara Ann Bradley (nee Rose). He lived for a significant period of his life, except for Military Service, in the Hartgrove, East Orchard, area. He enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was embodied on 18 Mar 1916 and joined the 3/1st Battalion of the Buckinghamshire Regiment as a Private but very quickly was transferred to the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment (Service No. 30518). He served in France and Flanders where he received a severe grenade wound on 15 May 1917 which necessitated the amputation of leg as well as leaving him with a fracture of his left arm. He was repatriated and spent time recovering at the Red Cross facility at Kimberley House, Gillingham, Dorset. On recovery he was transferred to the Southern Counties Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 97893). He was eventually assessed as no longer physically fit for service and discharged on 9 Aug 1918. He was granted a pension and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Silver War Badge No. 431205. He returned to East Orchard living in Parsons Lane. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Red House, Manston, Sturminster, Dorset, described as a Roadman (Disabled). There is no confirmed date of his death. His brother, Harry Bradley, also served in the conflict.