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Father (William Bradley) and the Battle of Arnhem

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:57 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Father (William Bradley) was killed in 1944 at the Battle of Arnhem. Jacqueline was 4 when her father enlisted, and 7 when he died. She remembers him coming home (1941?) and taking her to a shop 'W. H. Cullens' where he bought her a bag of 100s and 1000s. When he came home, he had oranges in his kit bag and gave them to the children in Harrow.

Bradley served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and then in Arnhem. He went there in a glider but was killed on the bridge by a sniper.

She met 3 members of the Airforce at the 50th anniversary who had known her father.


Item list and details

1. Teddy Bear given to daughter by William Bradley 2. Postcard to daughter from Italy 3. Photo of William Bradley 4. Photos by grave 5. Childhood memory of war 6. Photos of medals

Person the story/items relate to

William Bradley

Person who shared the story/items

Jacqueline Simmons

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Type of submission

Shared at Skinners School, Kent on 15 September 2023.

Record ID

103427 | SKI017