Development & Alumni Relations Office 


Dr William Bradshaw, MB BCh BAO (died 15 February 2021, aged 98)


Obituary submitted by William’s daughter, Angela Gill


Bill died peacefully on 15 February 2021.


A remarkable man who led an extraordinary life; that Bill survived beyond his early 20s, given his WWII service, is a miracle; that he lived a full and active life until aged 98, a blessing.


Bill was born in Ireland and brought up in S.E. Asia and then near Strangford Lough, County Down. He volunteered for the R.A.F aged 17, trained as a pilot in Canada, and then volunteered for Bomber Command, serving as a tail gunner (and gunnery leader) on Halifaxes and Lancasters, with 10 Squadron. Bill was the last surviving member of the Pennicott crew; all of them decorated for bravery.


After WWII, Bill married his beloved Margaret and qualified in medicine at Queen's University Belfast. From serving his country, Bill then served his community, spending over 30 years as a much-loved GP in Huddersfield. The kindest, most considerate, and gentlest of gentlemen; a wonderful husband, father/in-law (to Peter and Lindsay, Angela and Steve), grandpa (to Cory and Emily, Katie and Hannah) and friend to everyone he met, we mourn Bill's loss. He is reunited with his Margaret, whom he never stopped missing.


Back to list


Top of Page