Copper Plate Memorial for the 2 World Wars & the Korean War

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Reference WMO/265939


St George's Church

Bradley Road


DN37 0BL


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Copper
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
About the memorial: Bradley is a hamlet about 1 mile from the busy A46 Grimsby to Laceby Road; St.George’s is its Parish Church. The original church of which nothing now exists was probably built during Saxon times, but now the oldest part of the current church is the tower which has some Norman features at its base. However most of the tower was built in the 13th century and most of the church is from this period. The porch was built in the 14th century, so is the window in the south aisle which is visible on the above photograph. The battlements on the tower were added in the 15th century, and the tower was completed in that century. In the 19th century the box pews were added and remain to this day as shown below The front pew was for the Tickler family who lived in Bradley Manor, and owned a jam factory in Grimsby. There is a stained glass window for the family next to this front pew. On the south side of this pew, is the organ and above it is the war memorial, a copper plate measuring 250mm high by 200mm wide screwed onto a wooden panel measuring 450mm high by 250mm wide. This wooden panel is just resting against the wall on top of the wood panelling, very easily missed. The copper plate has the following inscription; a commemoration for the two World Wars and for the Korean War. There is no indication as to the war in which the fallen died and regiment or military force. John Walling a churchwarden at St. George’s has provided the following information as regards the names on the memorial. WILLIAM MARSHAL died 4th April 1940 on HMT ‘Van Meer Lant’. ROLAND WILLIAM JAMES died 8th August 1944 : Leading Aircraftsman No 1012167 RAF Volunteer Reserve - Column 438 Singapore Memorial. ROWLAND GEOFFREY KEYS died 21st March 1944, Gunner RA son of Herbert and Rose Keys of Bradley: Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio. JAMES GORDON WISE died 5th April 1945: Private Lincolnshire Regiment, and buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany NORMAN SHERRIFF died 5th April1943: Pilot Officer RAF, buried at El Alia War Cemetery. PETER DAVID ADAMS died 1st November 1940 Sergeant RAF. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Extracts from Church Council Minutes May 20th 1974 Mrs Hart proposed that a brass plaque memorial should be erected to commemorate the people of Bradley who gave their lives during the two World wars. September 12th 1974 Vicar announced that he had had a quote for the plaque for £45. May 1st 1975. Mrs Hart proposed that the order should be put in for the plaque estimated at £45. This was seconded by Mrs Bailey and unanimously approved. It is believed that Fowler & Holden made the plaque, but when it was placed in the church no one knows. The memorial is the responsibility of the congregation of the church, and someone had placed a poppy decoration on it when we visited it on 2nd August 2005.
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St George’s Church, Bradley In grateful remembrance of all who gave their lives in the service of and for their country in the world wars 1914-1918 & 1939-1945 and more recently in Korea, particularly those from this parish of Bradley. William Marshall Roland William James Rowland Geoffrey Keys James Gordon Wise Norman Sherriff Peter David Adams Their names liveth for evermore for they are in peace.

William Marshall Roland William James Rowland Geoffrey Keys James Gordon Wise Norman Sherriff Peter David Adams

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