John Mc Donald Bradley was born in Tullamore, the " King's County" (Offaly), sometime in 1891. For the first year of his life he lived in William's Street, Tullamore. Sadly he was orphaned at a young age when both his mother- Alice Elizabeth, and his father- Donald Alexander died within months of each other.
He was fostered by his uncle, John Bernard, who raised him and saw to his education in Wesley College Dublin, and Portora Royal School, Enniskillen.
1901 Census Return For " Donald Bradley"
Following his education, he trained as an accountant in Dublin, lodging in Bayview, Pembroke East circa 1911. Without doubt, this ultimately led to his joining of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He died on the 30th of September, 1918, age 27 with no relatives, no one to remember him.
He was buried in Grevillers British Cemetery- grave reference XV. A. 14.
John McDonald Bradley was born in Tullamore County Offaly, his parents were Alice and Donald, and he was taken in by his uncle, John. However, this it truly as much as we can be sure of. If you look at the census returns up, you will notice that John is listed as Donald only. As there are no census reports at the time and a large amount of documentation has been lost over the years. We cannot even be sure that his actual name was John McDonald Bradley, as it seems as if, in earlier life he adopted the name of ' Donald Bradley' only to later take on the name of his uncle- ' John McDonald'.
Due to these confusions, finding information on John, an only child with no living relatives was extremely difficult and I feel that without the help of my history teacher; Mr. Brian Kennedy and the kind members of the Offaly Historical Society, very little, if any information would have been found on the intriguing, and all but forgotten life of John McDonald Bradley.