J W P BradleyBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4724 (Published 21 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4724
- Averil Olive Mansfield Bradley
John W Bradley (“Jack”) was born in Paulton in Somerset and was christened John William Paulton Bradley. His mother Gladys was know by her family as “Danny,” and his father, William Henry, was a distinguished epidemiologist who, after serious injuries sustained in the war, became a patient in Oxford and met Thomas Strong, the dean of Christ Church. He decided then to become a doctor and was a student at Christ Church, Oxford, and then Guy’s Hospital in London.
John was born while his father was resident medical officer at Downside School.
In 1937 John became a chorister at Christ Church, and he looked back on those years with great happiness. He loved the singing and also enjoyed football. In 1939 he was awarded the “work and progress” prize. He had the good fortune to retain his voice when it changed from a treble into an excellent tenor. His voice enabled him in 1942 to obtain a choral scholarship to Westminster School, and he joined Grant’s House
The second world war, however, meant that almost all his time at Westminster was actually spent in Herefordshire. He told of the bicycle journeys between classes (sometimes 7 miles apart) and between home and school.
At the end of the war he followed in his father’s footsteps and became an undergraduate medical student at Christ Church, where his …