Fred Radford (1901–1974)

3rd Air Mechanic

Royal Air Force

Photo courtesy Anne Waddington

Fred Radford in 1926

Fred lived with brothers Arthur and George at the Canal Inn, Bullbridge where his father was licensee. In October 1918 he enlisted in the RAF where he served as a rigger (one of the ground crew responsible for the airframe). Transferring to the Reserve in 1919, he returned to Fritchley and worked as a clerk for the LMS Railway. He married Vera Mason in 1946. At the time of his death he lived at Ambergate.

The three Radford brothers, Arthur, George and Fred served in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Service Record
He was born 29/03/01 in Fritchley. He enlisted 07/10/18 aged 17½. Fred was C of E.

Courtesy Anne Waddington

Tadford family of Fritchley in 1923

The photograph features, from left to right:
Back Row (standing): Arthur Radford; Gordon Radford; George Radford; Allen Radford; Annie Radford; Olive Radford; Maud Radford; Minnie Saddington (née Radford); Florence Newbold (née Radford)
Front Row (seated): Fred Radford; John Widdowson Radford; Martha Annie Radford (née Smith)

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

Radford family of Fritchley 1951

This later photograph of the ten Radford siblings was taken in 1951, on another of Florence Newbold's visits from Canada.
The photograph features, from left to right:
Back Row: Fred Radford; Allen Radford; George Radford; Gordon Radford; Arthur Radford
Front Row: Olive Else; Minnie Saddington; Florence Newbold; Annie Radford; Maud Saxton

Fred Radford's brothers George Radford and Arthur Radford are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John W Radford Head

36 Sawyer Sheffield
Mary A Radford wife 35   Fritchley
Florence Radford daughter 10 School Fritchley
George Radford son 8 School Fritchley
Minnie Radford daughter 7 School Fritchley
Arthur Radford son 5   Fritchley
Annie Radford daughter 3   Fritchley
Gordon Radford son 2   Fritchley
Infant Radford son 3 days   Fritchley

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1911: Canal Inn, Bull Bridge

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Widdowson Radford Head 45 Sawyer Brampton
Martha Ann Radford wife 44   Crich
Allan Radford son 22 Labourer Crich
George Radford son 18 Timber clerk Crich
Minnie Radford daughter 17 At home Heage
Arthur Radford son 15 Wood machinist Crich
William Gordon Radford son 12 School Crich
Fred Radford son 10 School Crich
Olive Radford daughter 8 Schppl Crich
Edith Maud Radford daughter 6 School Crich
Samuel Smith boarder (wdwr) 76 OAP Crich

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1939 Register: The Barn, Fritchley
Fred Radford (single) b.29 March 1901; railway clerk, LMS railway ARP service
William G Radford (single) b.4 January 1899; carpenter LMS railway
Alan W Radford (single) b.5 January 1889; unemployed incapacitated