John Edward Bradley
From Our Contribution
|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|
|Address||221 Errol street, North Melbourne|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Jean Bradley|
|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|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
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.
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.
Electoral Roll entries: 1963 Bonnevue boulevard, Montmorency, Victoria, toolmaker; 1968 at 166 Grand boulevard, Montmorency, 1972 - 1977 at 15 Cecil street, Eltham, fitter.