Private Richard Loftus Bradshaw


Richard Loftus Bradshaw was born on 16 October 1896 at Shortstone, Dundalk, County Louth, the last of six children of farm steward John Bradshaw and his wife Eliza (née Coote). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Blackstone with his parents and a brother.

Bradshaw enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 October and 1 November 1916 (No.2296). 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.105377). They embarked for France soon after this.

Bradshaw remained with the MGC (Cavalry) until the end of the war. On 25 October 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

By 1931 Bradshaw was farming at Hazeldell, Ashford, County Wicklow. On 14 July that year he married school teacher Harriet Susan Hinch in the Nun's Cross Church, Killiskey Church of Ireland Parish. He died at Delgany, County Wicklow, on 14 May 1980 and was buried in the Christ Church Cemetery.