ARTHUR WILLIAM BRADSHAW
Date of Death:29/05/1918
Cemetery:Etaples Military Cemetery
Grave Reference:LXVI. E. 17.
Arthur was born in Prestwich in 1885 to parents Robert & Anne.He was one of 9 Bradshaw children, the others being Harry,Walter,Robert,Richard,George,Annie,Edith&Frank.Brother George was killed in action on the Western Front four months after Arthur.
Tragedy struck the Bradshaw's in February 1890 when Robert senior died at the age of 37 of 'Heart disease & Meningitis'.Anne, losing her husband and finding herself alone with 9 children must have suffered a nervous breakdown as she left the family and was an inmate in various institutions - in 1901 she was at the 'Manchester & Salford Penitents Asylum' and then at the time of her death of tubercolosis in 1902 aged 48 she was at the Workhouse in Crumpsall.
These terrible events put the onus on the childrens' grandparents to raise the children. At the time of the 1891 census seven of them, including Arthur, were at Anne's parents. Robert's parents having the other two.
Arthur's link to Royton is unclear.He enlisted there but his address at the time was that of his brother Walter in Whitefield.
He perhaps worked there or had only just moved there when he joined up. A lady called Emily, possibly his sweetheart from Royton, had the following put in the Oldham Chronicle in May 1918:
In loving memory of Private Arthur Bradshaw,who died
in France May 27th 1918 from wounds.
Eternal rest grant him O Lord
Arthur's service record is no longer in existence and his medal card gives us no evidence as to when he got to the front.
He died of his wounds at the 26th General Hospital in Etaples.
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