Memorial Plaque to Second Lieutenant William Braidford 19 Durham Light Infantry
William was the son of William and Laura Emma Braidford. He lived with his parents and five siblings at Friarside House, Rowlands Gill, Durham.
William attended Saint Bees School and excelled as a sportsman. A member of the football team and while at university it was expected that he would be called up to play Rugby for England.
The war interrupted his studies at Newcastle University, his degree was in Mining Engineering. Along with his brothers Frank and Percy, he gained a commission in the Durham Light Infantry after enlisting in the public school battalion in 1914. Frank and Percy both served with the 10th battalion, Percy won the Military Cross and was sadly killed in September 1917.
William served with the 19th battalion (2nd county, Pals), joining the battalion on 6th June 1916. On page 82 of John Sheen's book on the pals, is a picture of William and a letter he wrote home.
He was sadly killed in action on 24th July 1916 at Bernafray Wood. He was buried by shell fire and his body never recovered. William is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.