|Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
||Bristol Z/4636||6th Battalion 6/1559|
Photo courtesy Anne Waddington
Arthur and his brothers George and Fred were sons of the publican of the Canal Inn at Bullbridge. He worked as a wood machinist and enlisted in the RNVR in November 1915. Several weeks later, in January 1916, he was declared medically unfit for service and was discharged. Moving to Nether Heage from Bullbridge, he married Dorothy Hodgkinson in 1929.
His date of entry into the Navy was 12/11/15. He was born 04/03/96 with an address at Bull Bridge. He was a Congregationalist, employed as planer who cannot swim. The next of kin was his father John W. Radford. Arthur was 5ft 9¼in tall with brown hair and hazel eyes.
17/11/15 attached to 6th Battn 6/1559
25/01/16 Enrol. Form to C.P. rating being brought forward for survey on Jan 27th 1916;
17/01/16 Discharged from C.P. "Med. Unfit";
06/02/16 Dischd. List 179
Courtesy Anne Waddington
The above photograph features three brothers who are listed on the Roll of Honour: George Radford (1892-1966); Arthur Radford (1896-1979); Fred Radford (1901-1974). Pictured on the photograph are John Widdowson Radford and his wife Martha Annie Radford (née Smith), with their ten children, outside the family home at The Barn, Fritchley. The photograph was taken in 1926 when their oldest child, Florence Newbold (née Radford), visited from Canada, having immigrated there with her husband in 1913.
Photo courtesy Shirley Saxton
1911: Canal Inn, Bull Bridge
1939 Register: "The Hollies", Ridgeway Lane, Nether Heage
Arthur Radford b.4 March 1896; hotel cellarman
Dorothy A Radford b.11 March 1899
John W Radford b.28 July 1930; school
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