British war hero shot by Zimbabwean freedom fighters on the road to sainthood
John Bradburne, pictured, was shot in the back by Zimbabwean freedom fighters and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he refused to abandon a leper quarantine centre during Zimbabwe’s liberation war.
He was yesterday put on the road to sainthood by the Vatican.
The Vatican has issued a formal decree to begin a process that will conclude with his recognition as a saint.
His ‘Cause for Canonisation’ will open with a mass at Mutemwa quarantine centre in Zimbabwe on September 5.
Kate McPherson, of the John Bradburne Memorial Trust, said: ‘What he put himself through for his patients is astounding.’
A file on Bradburne’s life will now be sent to the Vatican and a search for the miracles to confirm his sainthood will begin.
During the Second World War, he spent a year in Burma with the Chindits, a special operations unit dropped behind Japanese lines to attack supply routes.