Private Percy Bradley


This North Irish Horseman was probably the Arthur Percy Bradley born on 3 July 1887 at 64 Wellington Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, one of at least five children of solicitor William David Bradley and his wife Mary Anne Isabella (née Halpin). Both his parents died when he was just nine years old. At the time of the 1901 Census he was a pupil at the Aravon School in Bray, County Wicklow. The 1911 Census shows him living at 40 Gloucester Street, London as a visitor at the home of Agnes Caroline Murton, and gives his profession as motor engineer.

Bradley enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 19 and 30 September 1916 (No.2279). He trained at the regiment's reserve camp at Antrim.

On 30 April 1917 he was one of ten North Irish Horsemen who transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) (No.105372). They embarked for France soon after this.

Bradley remained with the MGC (Cavalry) until the end of the war. On 3 April 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.