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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Braddell, Claude

Lieutenant Claude Braddell
was born in Belfast on 28th November 1886.  In 1901 he was living with his aunt, Isabella Braddell in house 1, Eglantine Gardens, Belfast.  He was of Church of Ireland faith.
On 27th April 1903, he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Royal Avenue (1906), Carrickfergus (1906), Royal Avenue (1906), Head Office (1911) and Ball’s Branch (1911).  In 1911, Braddell is living in house 481, Lisburn Road, Windsor, Belfast.  He is described as a Bank Clerk and is residing with his Aunt and her family. 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Braddell signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast giving his address as 24, Lower Mount Street, Dublin. 

On 24th February 1913, a Deed Poll was executed and enrolled changing his name from Claude Braddell Burbridge to Claude Braddell. 
Braddell volunteered on 15th May 1915 and enlisted into the 5th Bn. RIR aged 28.  He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and attached to the 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.  Subsequently he was attached to the 16th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles before seeing service with the British Expeditionary Force.  He was promoted to Lieutenant on 1st July 1917.  He was demobilised in January 1919 and was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following demobilisation, Braddell rejoined the Northern Bank on 17th February 1919 at Ball’s Branch.  Transfers to Beragh – Manager (1920) and Head Office - Interim Manager (1924) followed.  The next year (1926), he was moved to Claudy as Manager. 
Tom Burnell has advised me via my facebook War Memorial site:

Limerick Chronicle, August 1917

Braddell and McClatchie - August 22, 1917, at St George’s Church, Belfast, by the Rev H D Murphy, DD, Claude Braddel, Second Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles, to Eileen Mary, only daughter of J W McClatchie, Northern Bank House, Donedall Square, W., Belfast.

It is further reported on another website that a Charles Braddel donated the altar, the reredos and credence table at the Cumber Upper Church, Alla, two kilometres south of Claudy in memory of his wife Eileen, 1959.  An 18 year old, Eileen McClatchie is recorded in the 1911 Irish Census as living in Lurgan.
Braddell retired on 1st September 1941.

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