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  • ID: I2363
  • Title: Major Sir 1 2
  • Name: Edward Ridley Colborne BRADFORD KCB; 1st Baronet 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 11 APR 2017
  • Note:
    "Edward Ridley Colbourne Bradford (1836-1911) was the son of the Rev. W. M. K. Bradford, rector of Westmeon, Hampshire. He was educated at Marlborough and at the age of seventeen joined the Madras Cavalry. He reached the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1879, and colonel in 1884. He took part in the Persian campaign of 1857 and twelve years later superintended operations to suppress the Thugee and Dacoitee in India. He went through the Indian Mutiny and was present at Lucknow. Whilst in India Bradford, a keen sportsman, enjoyed tiger shooting. He suffered a serious injury as a result of this when a wounded tigress that he had failed to kill sprang on him and seized his left arm just above the elbow. Realising the futility of struggling, Bradford walked several yards with the animal dragging at his arm until a friend was able to shoot and kill the beast. It was necessary to amputate his arm at the shoulder, but he had, at least, survived. On returning to England he was for some time Secretary of the Political and Secret Department of the India Office. Bradford was knighted in 1885, and appointed A.D.C. to the Queen in 1889.
    In 1890 he was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, replacing Monro when he resigned. Bradford, a small man, was described as quiet, genial, but with fierce courage, and the police loved him. To thousands of Londoners he became known as 'The little one-armed Commissioner.' At this time of turmoil, public distrust and police disorganization, it is said that Bradford's energy, tact and firmness brought to the force a high state of efficiency and he regained public confidence in the police. He was a keen horse rider and often compensated for his lost arm by taking the reins in his teeth. This method he employed when he went out pig-sticking, guiding his galloping Arab with his teeth and striking at the pigs with a spear with his one arm. He was twice married.
    On 13 May 1911 Bradford suffered an apoplectic seizure in South Audley Street, near his home, and was carried indoors by two of his footmen and died."
    From Burke's:
    "Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, 1st Bt (UK), so created 24 July 1902, of S Audley Street, Westminster, GCB (1897, KCB 1890), GCVO (1902), KCSI (1885, CSI 1876), JP (London); born 27 July 1836; Col Indian Staff Corps, served Persian War 1857 and NW Provinces India 185859, Gen Superintendent Ops for Suppression Thuggee and Dacoitee 1874; Resident 1st Cl and Govr-Gen's Agent Rajputana, Ch Commr Ajmere and Mhairwarra 187887; Sec Political and Secret Dept India Office 188790; ADC to HM QUEEN VICTORIA 188993; Ch Commr Met Police 18901903, Extra Equerry to TM EDWARD VII 190310 and GEORGE V 191011" 3
  • Birth: 27 JUL 1836 in Buckinghamshire 4 2
  • Census: 30 MAR 1851 5
  • Census: 05 APR 1891 4
  • Census: 31 MAR 1901 6
  • Event: Title 24 JUL 1902
  • Note: Created first Baronet Bradford of South Audley Street. 1
  • Death: 13 MAY 1911 7 3

    Father: William Mussage Kirkwall BRADFORD Rector of West Meon, Hampshire b: 07 MAY 1806
    Mother: Mary RIDLEY b: 15 SEP 1809

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Adela KNIGHT b: 13 FEB 1841 in Basingstoke, Hampshire
    • Married: 17 JUN 1866 1 8 2
    1. Has No Children Montagu Edward BRADFORD b: 09 JUN 1867 in Poonah, Madhya Pradesh, India
    2. Has Children Evelyn Ridley BRADFORD 2nd Baronet b: 16 APR 1869 in Gwalior, West Bengal, India
    3. Has No Children Daryl Colborne BRADFORD b: 25 JAN 1872
    4. Has No Children Herbert Lewkenor BRADFORD b: 25 SEP 1873
    5. Has No Children Beryl Adela BRADFORD b: ABT 1876 in Calcutta, India
    6. Has Children Edward Austen BRADFORD 60th Rifles b: 08 DEC 1879 in Ajmeer, Rajasthan, India

    Marriage 2 Edith Mary NICHOLSON
    • Married: 25 OCT 1898 9 2

    1. Title: Akin To Jane
      Abbrev: Akin to Jane
      Author: Compiler: Joan Corder
      Publication: Manuscript, private circulation, March 1953
    2. Title: Burke's
      Abbrev: Burke's
      Page: BP2003 volume 1, page 484
    3. Title: Burke's
      Abbrev: Burke's
      Page: http://www.burkes-peerage.net
    4. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1891 RG12/951 Folio 23 Alton Dist 8 Chawton
      Page 11 Alton Road Sched 51 "The Cottage"
      Edward RC Bradford Head M 51 Colonel Madras Staff Corps; Chief Commissioner Metropolitan Police Buckingham Hambledon
      Elizabeth A Bradford Wife M 50 Hants Basingstoke
      Beryl A Bradford Dau S 15 East Indies Calcutta
      Edward A Bradford Son 11 East Indies [A------ Rapitam]
      >5 servants>
    5. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1851 HO107 Piece: 1676 Folio 126 Droxford - Bishops Waltham (Hampshire) Dist 1 West Meon
      Page 8 Sched 31 The Rectory
      William MK Bradford Head Mar 44 Rector of West Meon Bucks Beaconsfield
      Mary Bradford Wife Mar 41 Rector's Wife Bucks Hambleden
      Edward R Knight Son U 14 Scholar Bucks Hambleden
      Alice L Knight Dau 4 Scholar at home Hants West Meon
      >6 staff>
    6. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1901 RG13 Piece 82 Folio 123 St George Hanover Square - Mayfair and Knightsbridge Dist 7a
      Page 51 Sched 652 No.50 South Audley Street
      Edward R Bradford Head M 64 Colonel Madras Staff Bucks Hambleden
      Edith M Bradford Wife M 40 London
      >8 servants>
    7. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Deaths Jun 1911 St.Geo.H.Sq. 1a246
      Bradford Edward R C 74
    8. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Marriages Sep 1866 Alton 2c 267
      BRADFORD Edward R C
      KNIGHT Elizabeth A
    9. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Marriages Dec 1898 Petersfield 2c 357
      Bradford Edward Ridley
      Nicholson Edith Mary
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