Sub Lt. William Leslie Brayshay, RNR

1898 Nov 10 Born Wigan son of Thomas Brayshay and Elizabeth Barr. Thomas died in 1898 and had been a "fellmonger" a dealer in hides

1901 census at 9, Elgin Drive, Liscard

1911 census I cannot find him

1914 May 23 Sails as an apprentice on Glenholm to South America. 2 voyages

1915 May 21 Discharged from Glenholm.

1915 Jul 9. Midshipman for War Duration in RN

1915 Aug 20 Attached to Cedric

1916 Jan 21. Posted to Teutonic

1916 Dec 7. The Admiralty released a statement describing an encounter that "took place" on December 2nd. HMS Teutonic, a British blockade ship, searching for contraband being shipped to or from Germany, stopped a vessel that identified itself as the "Dutch steamship Gamma, outward bound from Kirkwall." She appeared harmless, it was too rough to board her and so she was permitted to proceed on her voyage. Later it was learned the Gamma was at Kirkwall, Scotland on this date and did not leave until December 3rd. The story goes, this was a German raider evading the British blockade. With this as a "cover story" a warning of a "raider loose in the Atlantic" was broadcast.

1916 Dec 29. Leaves Teutonic

1917 Feb 17. Joins HMS Obedient (launched in 1916, Obedient was an M class destroyer that served in World War I, and was sold in 1921)

1918 Mar 26 Accepted to sit for 2nd Mate

1918 Nov 10 Appointed acting Sub Lt

1919 Jul 3. Demobilised

1921 Jan 19 Joins ADRIC with service no 1560. Posted to N Coy

1921 Apr 2. Posted to Q Coy

1921 Apr 22 Placed under suspension

1921 Jun 3. Removed from Suspension "without prejudice" . Found Not Guilty of Trim looting at Court Martial

1921 Jun 7 Reverts to T/Cadet (I cannot find any promotion before his)

1921 Jun 23. Admitted Stevens Hospital

1922 Jan 16. Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 28. Joined the British Gendarmerie section of the Palestine Police as a Constable

1928 Oct/Dec married in Birkenhead to Ellen Sloan

1938 Sep 26 Applies for an RNR appointment.

1939 Register A Docks Timekeeper living with wife Helen at 1 Bickerton Avenue , Bebington M.B., Cheshire,

1964 Jul/Sep married in Wallasay to Grace Burrows

1969 Oct/Dec died in Cheshire

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