No.75343, Gunner, John BRADY
Aged 23

112th Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 28th May 1918

An Old Contemptible

John Brady was born in Cowlinge in 1896 (Risbridge Q2-1896 4A:728), baptised in Cowlinge on 1st November 1896 (when residing in Kirtling) son of Alfred and Lucy BRADY (née HARVEY).

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at Thrifty Farm, Cowlinge with his father Alfred BRADY [39] horse man on farm, born Cowlinge; his mother Lucy [32] born London; sisters Edith May [11] born North Ormsby, Yorkshire and Harriet Mabel [3] born Kirtling; brother James [9] born North Ormsby, Yorkshire.

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was still at Thrifty Farm, Cowlinge with his widower father and sister Mabel. His mother had died in 1901 and brother James had joined the Navy and was in Portsmouth.

He must have then joined the Army to have been in France so early. CWGC have father's address as Brigg's Farm, Cowlinge.

No pension card has been found for either Frederick or John Brady

His half brother Frederick HARVEY, who is named on the memorial as F BRADY, was killed in Belgium in 1915 see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds .
112th Battery was in 24th Brigade, 6th Division. Such was the distribution of artillery units that in the absence of the war diary it is hard to say where exactly John's unit were on 28th May 1918. His Personal effects entry says killed in action in France, yet he is buried NE of Poperinghe in Belgioum.

photo; Pierre Vandervelden

John Brady is buried in Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium grave 2:A:33

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