BRADFORD, John Meller

South Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn. The Monmouthshire Regt.
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Wednesday, December 2, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain John Bradford from Swansea died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa." [2].
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 22 December 1942
Commandos Tunisian Raid - Tired, hungry and battle-stained British commandos have been trickling into a Tunisian town after one of the most daring raids of the war, states a dispatch from Alan Humphreys, Reuter’s, received in London today. The raid was made from the sea during a dark night last week. The landing itself was a most difficult one and the commanding officer said: "Most of us had to swim for it. Fortunately we were unopposed or we should have suffered heavy losses.”  The party’s 3-inch mortars were lost. At a point near Tabarca, on the north coast, the party managed to shoot up quite a number of Germans.” 
After two days they made their way back through 15 miles of enemy-held country, coming under fire from very strong machine-gun posts. They shot some Germans. One group made its way to Bizerta and got to within five miles of the town, but they were very tired. When dawn came they found that they were separated from the safety of the hills by another valley. The commander ordered his men to break up into small parties and he waited until all had gone.
By this time the Germans had spotted the raiders and in getting away the commander, a 28-year-old captain from Swansea [Captain Bradford], was badly wounded. His companions carried him for two miles but he died.
Another officer casualty was 27- year-old captain from Llanelly [view][3] 

Captain Bradford was educated at Wellington College Somerset and before the war was on the staff at a bank at Newport where he joined the Territorials. [4] 
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
[3] and [4] British Newspaper Archive (website; The British Library Board.
[4] Western Mail - Tuesday 29 December 1942.
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