Lt Albert William Brawn, Beds & Herts Regt

1884 Jan 3. Born Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

1891 census at Ickwell Green, Northill, Ickwell

1901 census at Cambridge Road, Brickhill Road, Sandy

1911 census at Brickhill Road, Sandy, Beds. He is working as a Court Bailiff

1912 Oct/Dec Married in Bedford to Grace Victoria Turner (she dies 1920 in London, but children of marriage are registered in 1914, 1918 and 1925. )

1915 Jun 10. Landed in France

1916 Jun 27 Commissioned to Bedf. R.— Serjt. A. W. Brawn, from Bedf. Yeo., T.F.

1916 Sep 1. War Diary for September 1916. THIEULOYE 1-9-16 Training carried out according to Brigade and Battn Programme. battn visited C2 Area, left billets 1 p.m. arrived back 6.30 p.m. Fine morning wet afternoon and night. 2/Lieut.A.W.Brawn [Arthur W BRAWN] appointed Adjutant's understudy. Night operations carried out. Bn left billets 8.30 p.m. arrived back about 12.30 p.m.

1916 Nov 4 In Trenches Bn.Hd.Quarters at R29 Central (Map Ref Miraumont - 1/20000). 2/Lt.A.W.Brawn [Arthur W BRAWN] took over the Regimental transport - vice Lt.H.C.Browning [Herbert Compton BROWNING, MC] who took up comd. of A Coy. Lts.D.S.Keep [Douglas Scrivener Howard KEEP, MC] & H.C.Browning appointed acting Captains whilst Comdg A Coy

1916 Nov 8. Albert 8-11-16 Training by Coys. Lt.W.Mason [Walter MASON] joined the battalion for duty as Transport Officer but a Transport Officer Lt.Brawn [Arthur W BRAWN] was serving in charge of the Transport & doing well Lt.Mason [Walter MASON] was attd to the 54th Brigade.

1917 Jul 1. The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts. A W Brawn

1920 Mar 24. Beds and Herts. R Temp. Lt. A. W. Brawn relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and retains the rank of Lt.

1920 Sep 3 Joined ADRIC with service no. 472. Posted to E Coy as Section Leader from 9 Sep.

1920 Nov 10. Promoted Platoon Commander

1921 May 28. Promoted 2nd in Command

1921 Jun 20 to 2 Jul on Leave

1921 Sep 2 to 13 Oct on Leave

1922 Jan 19 Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Family problems

1928 Oct/Dec Married Doris Shilson in Dover.

1928. Oct/Dec. Bernard William Brawn was born in at Dover. His parents were Albert William Brawn and Doris Shilson. Albert was in the army but they moved to Sandy, Beds in about 1930. They had another child Brenda in 1930 and Doris died shortly after this.

1930 Aug 10 His wife Doris died

1936 Jul/Sep Married in Biggleswade, Beds to Ruby F Mccandless. Albert married again to Ruby McCandless and they had a daughter Beryl. She grew up with Bernard until he was about 16 yrs old and he left home. Brenda was adopted by her maternal grandparents in Dover, the Shilsons.

1938 Jul/Dec Died in Hendon, Middlesex aged 54