Geoffrey Ernest Bradford

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Private Geoffrey Ernest Bradford
Life dates
24 Sep 1926 - 2006
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Geoff worked tirelessly in later life writing and contributing to many articles in books and magazines on the creation, role and training of Auxiliary Units. His devotion meant the knowledge of their existence was passed to the next generation. He was pivotal in organising the first Auxilier reunion at Coleshill in 1994.

He wrote about the Auxiliary Units in his memoirs.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Braunton Patrol Patrol member 01 Jul 1944 03 Dec 1944

Barnstaple Grammar School

National ID
WFCD 236/5
Commissioned or Enlisted
1 July 1944


Lynton House, Castle Street, Barnstaple, Devon
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Thought to be the last Auxilier recruited in the country, former boy scout Geoff was the 17 year old brother of Scout Section and Sussex Intelligence Officer Captain Roy Bradford. He was a Civil Engineering student at the time and had been a cyclist messenger for the local ARP Headquarters. He was told his role would be as a runner for Captain Gerald Slee in the event of invasion.

He never thought about possible reprisals.

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Geoff Bradford 1997 (from Arthur Ward)

TNA ref WO199/3391

1939 Register

The late Geoff Bradford

Arthur Ward

Son Nic Bradford