John Edward Bradley

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John Edward Bradley
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Dec 1916
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Death 1987, aged 70
Place of Death Heidelberg West, Victoria
Age at Enlistment 26 years 3 months
Description 6'0" (1.83m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Fitter
Religion Methodist
Address 221 Errol street, North Melbourne
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Jean Bradley
Military Information
Reg Number PM6082
Date of Enlistment 22 Mar 1943
Rank Acting Ordnance Artificer Grade IV
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Warramunga
Tour Dates Nov 1944 ‒ 24 Nov 1945
Ship Name HMS Belfast
Tour Dates 25 Nov 1945 ‒ 24 May 1946
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

On 19 Jul 1933 John was engaged as an apprentice Fitter by the Western Australian Government Railways Midland Junction Workshop. He qualified as a Fitter on 9 Aug 1938. His employment with the WAGR ceased on 27 Sep 1938. It appears that he moved to Victoria where in 1940 he married Jean Carmel Hanson.

Electoral Roll entry: 1943 at 53 Swann street, East Guildford, fitter.

War Service

John's service record is in faded pencil and very difficult to read. He entered HMAS Cerberus on 22 Mar 1943, and remained there until posted to HMAS Torrens on 9 Dec 1943. While at HMAS Cerberus he spent a month from 15 Jun 1943 until 18 Jul 1943 as crew on HMAS Adelaide which was in Williamstown Dockyard undergoing a refit. The period between 9 Dec 1943 and late 1944 is unable to be read

It appears that John joined HMAS Warramunga in late 1944 and remained with her until 24 Nov 1945. He appears to have then spent a period on HMS Belfast from 25 Nov 1945 until 24 May 1946 when he was posted to HMAS Torrens to prepare for demobilisation which occurred on 8 Jul 1946. John had been granted his first Good Behaviour Badge on 22 Mar 1946, the same day that he was confirmed as Ordnance Artificer IV.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1963 Bonnevue boulevard, Montmorency, Victoria, toolmaker; 1968 at 166 Grand boulevard, Montmorency, 1972 - 1977 at 15 Cecil street, Eltham, fitter.


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