Horace Joseph Radford (1876–1951)


Army Service Corps 6452
Royal Field Artillery 89823 C Battalion
Labour Corps 479504 943 A.E. Coy

Photo courtesy Janet Aiken

Horace Radford and his wife

Horace Joseph Radford and his wife Sophia Marsh

Born in 1876 at Fritchley, Horace was the son of Thomas and Phoebe Radford. Married in 1900 to Sophia Marsh, he worked as a blacksmith at Tupton, near Chesterfield. He enlisted at Chesterfield in March 1915, aged thirty-eight, with a Fritchley address. Horace entered France in July 1915 and was invalided out in December 1919 suffering from rheumatism and with a head injury giving him a 20% disability allowance. He died in 1951 aged seventy -five.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals
To France 09/07/15
Cl Z 13/03/19

Army Pension Record
He enlisted at Chesterfield 08/03/15 aged 38, a blacksmith with an address of Fritchley.
10/12/19 Injury to head 20% disability, he also suffered from rheumatism. He was recorded as having a scar on his nose, healed, nasal bones limited with some flattening.


1891: Bull Bridge

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Phoebe Radford Head (wdw)

61   Kennelworth
Mary Radford daughter 36   Kennelworth
Bertha Radford daughter 28   Fritchley
Charles S Radford son 22 General labourer Fritchley
James W Radford son 20 Bobbin turner Fritchley
Phoebe Radford daughter 17 Seamstress Fritchley
Horace J Radford son 14 General labourer Fritchley
Sidney D Radford grandson 11 Scholar Bradford

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1901: Commonside, Lea

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Horace Radford Head

25 Blacksmith Crich
Sophia Radford wife 29   Holloway
Connie Radford daughter 8 mo   Holloway

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1911: Bridge Street, Tupton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Horace Radford Head

35 Blacksmith Fritchley
Sophia Radford wife 39   Holloway
Connie Radford daughter 10   Holloway
Robeanor Radford daughter 8   Holloway
Enid Radford daughter 5   Chesterfield

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1939 Register; 11 Bridge Street, Chesterfield
Horace J Radford born 4 October 1876, unemployed general blacksmith
Sophia Radford born 25 December 1871, unpaid domestic duties