Famous sons

Richard Walter, son of the landlord of the Bradworthy Inn, became a businessman in London.

He was chief officer (skipper) of the Fire Brigade at Ponders End, and was at the scene of the crashed German Zeppelin shot down over London in the 1914-18 War.

A breeder of pedigree poultry and goats, he won prizes at National shows, meeting personally King Edward VII and the famous Society woman Baroness Burdett Coutts.

Joseph Wilton, a dealer in hounds, married Mary Ann Walter when he was a Whip with the local Hunt.

He launched into business as a hound dealer and became celebrated in his line of business in Europe and the British Colonies.

Among the host of eminent people he had met were the Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas of Russia.

Lt.-Colonel S. Rogala-Roswadowski, a distinguished Polish soldier and war hero spent a great part of his life in Bradworthy and on his death was buried in our churchyard.

Lt.-Colonel S. Rogala-Roswadowski bought land here after the 1939-45 War, built and farmed Little Youlston, later moving to Whiteley Farm. He died in 1981.

He started his military career when only 15 in 1919 fighting against the Russians in Poland. After the Armistice he entered the University of Cracow and later the Polish Military Academy from which he graduated as an officer.

Fighting against the Germans he was awarded the highest Polish military honour, the Virtuti Militari.

Taken prisoner he spent some years in German captivity before escaping and joining the Allied 8th Army in Italy, to take part in the closing stages of the War as a Brigade Major.

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