The following men died from 1914-1919 and are listed as buried in Brandon Cemetery by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Their names do not appear on the War Memorial.
Leonard Doughty Brown
Leonard was born in Scarborough in 1896 but by the time he is 4, he and his father are living with his uncle, George Cully in Front Street Browney. Leonard is the cousin of Samuel Cully who will be awarded the Military Medal. He joined the Royal Army Service Corps and died of his wounds at home in Meadowfield on 22nd April 2017.
There are scant facts about Leonard and his time in the military; can you fill in the gaps?
John was the son of John and Margaret Hannah who lived at 47 Princess Street at Brandon Colliery. He was one of only two surviving children and their only son. John was a private in the 4th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s North Staffordshire Regiment. John was wounded twice in 1918 and only 22 years old when he died of wounds at home in Brandon on Armistice Day, 11th November 1918.
There is so little information about John Bailey; do you know more about John and his family?
I believe W Moore is William Moore who was born in Boyne in 1885 the son of James and Mary. I can find very little information about William other than that published by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. William enlisted at Newcastle into the 3rd Battalion Special Reserve Northumberland Fusiliers. He died at home on 5th June 1918.
Do I have the right W Moore? This William was 33 when he died. Was he married with a family?
G E Ovington
George Edward Ovington was born in Browney in 1886 to Richard and Elizabeth. He married Annie in 1905 and their son Thomas was born in 1907. George was a private in the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales’s Own) cavalry regiment and died on 15th December 1916.
It seems unusual that a man from Durham would join the Dragoon Guards; did George already have a family connection to the regiment?
I can find no information about Private Ramsay’s military service other than that available from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was a private in the DLI (service no.19831) and was killed on 23rd September 1917.
Is this the Tom Ramsey of High Street, Brandon Colliery who Laurie Moran refers to in his book as having suffered shrapnel wounds from eye to neck?
I know William was born in Wrexham and lived in Brandon but can find no more information other than that from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which says Driver William Roberts of the Royal Field Artillery died at home in Brandon on 2nd August 1915 and is buried in Brandon Village Cemetery.
William was born in 1887, the second of four children to Sarah and Thomas. Sarah was widowed just before Christmas on 18th December 1888 when her 28 year old husband was killed by a fall of stone in A Pit, Brandon Colliery. From this date and the subsequent 1891 census it appears their youngest child was either unborn or just a few months old when her father died.
William enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 22nd June 1915 but in October of that year he was hospitalised at Sutton Veny with influenza and shortly afterwards on 30th November was discharged “being no longer medically fit for military service” due to pulmonary tuberculosis. He returned to his young family, Thomas and Doris, in Brandon. William died on 20th April 1919 and was buried with his father.