John Sherrington

John was born in 1892 the eldest of 10 children to William and Phoebe.  The family lived in the Village for many years, first at 15 Brandon Village then at 17.    When he enlisted as a private in the 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers John was working as a coke yard labourer.  He died in France on 10th November 1918.  His record shows prior to this he was in the Durham Light Infantry.

Another very large family, are you related to them?

Edward Kelly

Edward was born in 1893 in Ushaw Moor to Patrick and Christina Kelly.  In 1911 he is living at 7 Brandon Village with his widowed mother and three younger siblings: Catherine; Philip and William.   He joined the 6th Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment.  He was killed in action in the Balkans on 9th October 1917.

Are you related to Edward Kelly?

Albert Rodgers

Albert was one of 10 children to Newrick and Ruth who lived at 12 Brancepeth Village. At age 14 Albert was an apprentice plumber but by the time he enlisted he was working as a painter.  Albert was just 19 when he joined 15th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry on 30th November 1914.  He was killed in action in France on 1st July 1916.  His military service totalled only 1 year 215 days.

The Rodgers family still live in the Brandon area, are you one of them? 

William Robson

William was born in Brandon Village but lived with his wife Mary at 8 Unthank Terrace, New Brancepeth.  He was a private in the 26th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish).  He died of his wounds in France on 5th May 1917.

Henry Robson

I can find no military record for Henry Robson and the only Henry Robsons I can find living in Brandon in the 1911 census are the wrong age to have served in the war.

Robson is a popular name in the area, do you know this Henry and was he related to William?    

George Brown

There are several George Browns who may be the man on the memorial; I would welcome any information that might help us identify him.  Here are two that I have found.

George Brown 1 – Lived in College Terrace, Brandon Colliery with his mother May or Mary and enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 27th April 1915.  In August 1916 he was posted to the army reserve.  His military record states George was “to remain … to army reserve as long as it is necessary to retain him in the employment of Brandon Colliery”.   He was recalled to military duty on 3rd April 1918 and on 1st July 1919 his service record is stamped

PRO’D OV’RSEAS                  GRAVES EXH

AUTHY W OTEL 121/FRANCE 3865 AG12

Given that he was demobilised from the Labour Corps this suggests George spent that last nine months of his military service exhuming and reburying the battlefield dead.  He was eventually demobilised in Nottingham on 17th April 1920.

This unenviable job must have affected George deeply; did he ever talk of his experiences?

George Brown 2 – In 1911 this George is a 28 year old labourer living at 23 Brandon Village with his brother, William aged 30 and sister, May aged 24.  The census describes William as “feebleminded since birth”.  They were all born in Sleetburn to Thomas and Hannah.