A J Bradbeer - Cricketer
Alfred John Bradbeer played for Hertford Cricket Club and later captained North Mymms CC.
He was born on 17th May 1898, the second of five children to Alfred Harrison & Margaret Bradbeer in Codicote. Alfred Harrison was the Master at Weston Elementary School, having previously been Master at Codicote. He had moved from Hampshire.
Alfred John followed in his father’s footsteps, probably teaching at The Cowper Memorial School, whilst living with his parents at 32, Fanshawe Street, Bengeo. Alfred Harrison had retired to Bengeo, presumably because Edith Maude, one of his daughters, was Mistress at Cowbridge School.
Alfred John served as a gunner for the Royal Garrison Artillery in WW1 in Italy for which he received the British War and Victory medals.
By 1928, Alfred John, aged 30, was headmaster at North Mymms Boys School and lived in the school house there with Hilda, 31, his wife. They had three children, Frances H, born 3/9/27, John R, born 22/8/30 and one other.
Alfred John was captain of North Mymms Cricket Club from 1926 – 49 when he died of a heart attack on 21st May 1949 on the ground. Prior to this he played for Hertford CC from 1924 – 26 and also played there in a few matches each year until 1939.
He was a very active man as a choir-man, parochial Church Councillor, leader of the Boys Club which occupied three evenings a week and a captain in the Home Guard in WW2.
Alfred John was still headmaster at North Mymms, when he died. He left an estate of £1754 3s 2d.