Born: 1894, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd December 1914; age 20; Died of Wounds at No. 4 Clearing Hospital, Lille, from wounds received on Monday, 21st December.
Charles was one of a party that had to take picks and shovels up to the firing line at a critical time. In order to get there he had to cross an open space and it was while doing this that the Germans opened fire on them with a machine gun. Charles was hit and was taken to the dressing station. The doctor and another officer told Captain Eric L. Brown (who later wrote to Charles’s mother) that no one could have been more patient and calm while he was waiting to be taken to hospital.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 4th March 1912; Occupation: Chair Maker.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1332
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs E.J. Bradbrook, of 50, Rope Walk, Ipswich.
Brother to JOHN ISAAC BRADBROOK.
1901 70, Purplett Street, Ipswich.
Charles was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Isaac John Bradbrook, 29, a Show Maker & Riveter, born Ipswich.
Jane Elizabeth Bradbrook (nee English), 28, born Ipswich.
Ellen Elizabeth Bradbrook, 7, born Ipswich.
John Isaac Bradbrook, 4, born Ipswich.
George William Bradbrook, 2, born Ipswich.
Henry Thomas Bradbrook, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 85, Purplett Street, Ipswich.
Charles was 16 years old, a Chair Maker. He and his brother were visitors at the home of their 25 year old cousin Albert English, an Oil Mill Labourer.
John, 14, a Chair Maker.
Charles’s father, Isaac John Bradbrook, died 1916, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mr. Isaac John Bradbrook – father. Later to Mrs. Elizabeth J. Bradbrook – mother.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion:
On 20th December 1914 the 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s reached the village of Givenchy next to La Bombe Crossroads, near Neuve-Chapelle, and La Bassée Canal. Setting out from the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, B Company crossed the canal and joined the 1st Manchester Regiment at the Village line. C- Company on the edge of the canal rise and D-Company in the support trenches at the brewery. A-Company became the reserve in Cuinchy. During that afternoon the Germans attacked and captured a large part of the village but were repelled by the 1st Battalion the Manchester Regiment and “B”- Company 4th Suffolk Regiment Casualties were recorded as “light” this was one of the first battles the 4th Battalion took part in of the defences of Givenchy. 22nd December the Battalion left the line returning to Beuvry.