George Radford (1892–1966)

Acting Sergeant Major

Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force 56953  

Photo courtesy Anne Waddington

George Radford in 1926

George was born in 1893 and, like his father and brother Arthur, worked in the timber yards. He was a timber clerk.

Initially he joined the Army (regiment unknown) before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps then the Royal Air Force.

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

Service Record
56953 George Radford
Current engagement in HM Forces – Army
Main Service – 21.5.15; Age – 22 years 20 months
Date of entry into RFC – 6 January 1917
Date of entry in RAF – 1 April 1918
Retained in MD – 1 February 1919
Civilian Occupation – Clerk, Great Northern Railway Coy, Goods Department, London Road Station, Nottingham
Next of Kin – John Widdowson Radford, Canal Inn, Bullbridge, Ambergate, Derbyshire , Father
Height – 5ft 7in
Transfer to RAF Reserve – 12 July 1919

06.01.17 Transfered 2/am
06.01.17 Promoted Sgt
29.03.17 Appointed a/F/Sgt
01.07.17 F/Sgt
01.04.18 Transferred RAF Flt Clle (?)
01.06.18 Remustered Flt/Sgt
01.06.18 AppldA/S.M. (pd) Cl. II
01.06.18 Clerk (Gen) Disciplinarian (8a589) Remustd
04.04.19 2 SD 81 Entitled Bonus
13.06.19 C.Palace DC (DC was the Demobilisation Centre)

1939 Register: Chase Road, Ambergate
George Radford b.21 July 1892; railway clerk
Hannah M Radford b.30 November 1895

George Radford married Hannah M Else in 1923 June qtr (Belper reg district)
Hanah M Else was the sister of William Else and Guy Else


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