George Ernest Radford
Contributed by: maxhayter, on 2008-11-09
|First Name||George Ernest|
|Year of Birth||1885|
|Year of Death||1950|
|Regiment||King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
George Ernest's Story
George Ernest Radford was born on 9 November 1885 in Sheffield. He was a steel moulder by trade and had been in the regular army before World War I and was 'on reserve' when war finally broke out in August 1914. Apparently, the family (George Ernest, his wife Ada and the first two of their four children, Harold and George) were on holiday at Cleethorpes when George Ernest got his recall papers. They had travelled out on the Saturday only to return on the Sunday. The family story says that George Ernest was in France by the Tuesday. His army records show that it was the 13 August: war had broken out on Sunday, 4 August. George Ernest was a private, number 5632, and during World War I served in the King's Royal Rifles (Green Jackets); Anthony Eden was possibly one of his officers.
His army record card shows that he should have received three medals: the 1914 (Mons) Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
I believe he was likely to have been invalided out or the army before 1918 due to wounds received because he was gassed and had shrapnel wounds (he had pieces of shrapnel in his head and back). His two youngest children, Dorothy and Sydney, believed that their father served for approximately three years; seeing fighting at Mons (September 1914). George Radford, his second son, claimed he received the Mons Star) and at the Battle of the Somme during 1916. His army record card shows that he should have received three medals: the 1914 (Mons) Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He died aged 64 at home on 25 May 1950.