Frederick Henry Bradley VC

Name: Frederick Henry Bradley

Conflict: Second Boer War

Gazetted: December 27, 1901

Service: Army

Frederick Henry Bradley VC
Medal group

Place/date of birth: Shoreditch, London/September 27, 1876

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Driver (Honorary Major)

Date of bravery: September 26, 1901

London Gazette citation:

During the action at Itala, Zululand, on the 26th September, 1901, Major Chapman called for volunteers to carry ammunition up the hill; to do this a space of about 150 yards swept by a heavy cross fire had to be crossed. Driver Lancashire and Gunner Bull at once came forward and started, but half-way across Driver Lancashire fell wounded. Driver Bradley and Gunner Rabb without a moment’s hesitation ran out and caught Driver Lancashire up, and Gunner Rabb carried him under cover, the ground being swept by bullets the whole time. Driver Bradley then, with the aid of Gunner Boddy, succeeded in getting the ammunition up the hill.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)/March 10, 1943

Grave/memorials: Gwelo cemetery, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)/Name on memorial at Royal Artillery Chapel, Woolwich, south-east London

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Dix Noonan Webb, London, 2015

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum