James Bradford 5th Bn and 1st Bn HLI

James Bradford 5th Bn and 1st Bn HLI

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing on 7th of June 2022, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea of our old comrade James (Jim) Bradford.

Jim Bradford revisiting Walcheren in 2016

Jim served with the 5th Bn HLI in WW2 in Belgium, Holland (Walcheren) and Germany, taking part in the Crossing of the Rhine. Shortly after the end of the war in Europe, Jim was posted to Palestine with the 1st Bn HLI.

Jim was a well known friend to many of our members who travelled with him on Willie Shaw’s “veterans return” tours to Holland and Germany.  Although Jim had been for many years resident in the south of England, he visited his old HLI pals in Glasgow, and participated in the veterans parade at Knightswood.

In the last few years Jim was a resident in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where he enjoyed spending his days with his fellow pensioners.

Jim in his RHC uniform

The HLI Association sends their condolences to Jim’s son Alan, who informed us of Jim’s passing, and who sends greetings to his father’s old HLI comrades. Jim’s funeral will be at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on the 5th of July 2022.

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