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4859785   Lance Sergeant Thomas Radford
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Dated added: 24/12/2019   Last updated: 24/12/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st-5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment (British Army)
Died: 12/08/1940 (Died by accident)
Age: 21
Summary      
Thomas Radford was the son of Thomas Edgar and Evelyn Radford. He was born about 1919. Lance Sergeant Thomas Radford was serving with the 1/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment in Northern Ireland during World War Two when he was killed as the result of a motor accident on 12th August 1940 near Caledon. He was 21 years old.
Further Information
Thomas Radford was the son of Thomas Edgar and Evelyn Radford. He was born about 1919.
Lance Sergeant Thomas Radford was serving with the 1/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment in Northern Ireland during World War Two when he was killed as the result of a motor accident on 12th August 1940 near Caledon. He was 21 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th August 1940: Tyrone Fatality – Soldier Killed
A verdict of death from traumatic asphyxia and fracture of the right ribs following injuries sustained when an army truck in which he was travelling left the road and crashed into a field near Caledon was the verdict returned by Dr A M Elliott, J.P. (Coroner), at Caledon, on an inquest on Sergeant Thomas Radford, who was pinned underneath the vehicle when it tumbled over in the field. Eight other soldier occupants were injured.
The driver, Private R H Walls, in a statement said the truck, which was doing 15-20 miles an hour, swerved and left the road after passing two children.
Captain Phillips, Army M.O., gave evidence of the cause of death and paid a tribute to the civilians and police whom attended the other injured occupants.
Lance Sergeant Thomas Radford’s remains were brought home to England and he was buried in Leicester (Belgrave) Cemetery.
The CWGC record Lance Sergeant Tom Radford as the son of Thomas Edgar and Evelyn Radford of Belgrave, Leicester.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Caledon area Caledon Killed in road accident near Caledon 54.356216 -6.840852
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Lance Sergeant Tom Radford gravestone
2 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Sergeant Tom Radford gravestone can be purchased here
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