Herbert James Bradbury

Dec 27, 1892

Born in Sheffield, England


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59088 (temporary number 983)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sharon Bradbury, mother, Sheffield, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Driver

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Apr 3, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unrecorded offence


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 14, 1915

Transferred to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 12, 1916

Private Bradbury received a shrapnel wound to his left hand causing a fracture and was treated first at a field ambulance before being transported to a nearby casualty clearing station


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 5, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


May 10, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Special Canadian Hospital in Ramsgate

In addition to his shrapnel wound, a deformity was discovered in his spine causing pain in the lumbar region of his back.  It was also determined that he suffered from flat feet


Jun 22, 1916

Surgery performed to remove bone spurs and repair damage to his left hand


Jul 26, 1916

Transferred to convalescent hospital to continue his recovery and exercise to relieve the pain


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and attached to the 2nd Canadian Command Depot for 8 weeks of Physical Training at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Nov 9, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 21, 1916

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 1st Canadian Corps Training Battalion


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Mar 6, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 26 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 4, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion Private Bradbury joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux.  The battalion was training for the attack on Vimy Ridge


May 19, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Aug 15, 1917

During the attack on Hill 70, Private Bradbury was slightly wounded.  After being treated by the battalion’s Medical Officer, he returned to duty


Nov 9, 1917

Reported Missing in Action during the fighting at Passchendaele


Nov 14, 1917

After being found on wounded on the battlefield, he was admitted to the No. 3 Australian Field Ambulance with shrapnel wounds to his right leg and a bad case of Trench Feet.  He was also exposed to gas poisoning

He was transferred the same day to the No. 9 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Nov 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 56 General Hospital in Etaples

Reverted to the rank of Private on being admitted to hospital


Nov 24, 1917

After being transferred to the No. 56 General Hospital in Etaples, France, he was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Tankerton Hospital in Whitstable

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 21, 1917

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Hospital


May 30, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and transferred to the CAMCD (Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot) in Shorncliffe for light duty


Jun 22, 1918

Transferred to the No. 9 Canadian General Hospital in Shorncliffe for light duty

While here he required surgery for a bunion that made walking difficult


Dec 2, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jan 2, 1919

Court of Enquiry declares him to be illegally absent


Jan 7, 1919

Private Bradbury surrendered to the Military Police and was taken to the Kinmel Park Camp


Jan 18, 1919

Forfeited a total of 53 days pay for his absence


Feb 7, 1919

Granted permission to marry


Jul 24, 1919

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale for duty


Sep 19, 1919

Transferred to the No. 1 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Oct 17, 1919

Embarked the SS Melita in Liverpool



Oct 24, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and Taken On Strength the Quebec Depot Clearing Services Command


Oct 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class  A issued number 413142

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 211 Church St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 


Jul 18, 1941

James Herbert Bradbury died at home, 531½ Sussex St., Ottawa, Ontario, of a Coronary Thrombosis and was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa




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