Only Edward Carter

Only Edward Carter

Do you know how you got your name?  Perhaps your parents named you after a famous actor or singer?  Or a favourite aunt or uncle?  Traditionally the first son was named after his father.  But how did Brandon-born Only Edward Carter get his original first name? ‘Only’ was born in 1890, and according to family[…]

Sam Baker

Sam Baker was constantly getting in trouble with the military authorities.  Even when he was promoted to Corporal he misbehaved and elected to take demotion rather than go to a court martial … “Certified that I wish to revert from the rank of Corporal to Driver at my own request, and not to avoid trial[…]

ADAMS FAMILY

ALFRED ADAMS, CHARLES ADAMS and FREDERICK ADAMS, all brothers went off to war.  All survived and returned back home to Brandon.  Click the links on their names to read their stories …

WILLIAM MUTUM

William Mutum had been wounded so badly during the conflict that he had spent almost a year convalescing. Like so many other men, once his wounds had healed and he was declared fit then he was sent across the English Channel to get back into the action. In William’s case he contracted influenza, which was[…]

HARRY ASHLEY

When war was declared Harry received his call up papers and went off to Woolwich to report for duty. As a driver for the artillery he would have been responsible for moving the guns and munitions. On the 15th September 1914 he landed in France. He saw action throughout the first two years of fighting[…]

Charles Ashley

Within two weeks of war being declared Charles was in France. The fighting did not go well for the British at the start of the war and Charles was involved in the retreat from Mons. At this time, on 18th September, he was severely wounded. In being wounded at that time he was reported by[…]

ROBERT ARBOUR

Enlisted September 1914, Private, Norfolk Regiment.

When war was declared Robert volunteered straight away and enlisted at Norwich. He was listed in the Thetford & Watton Times as being one of the many men from Brandon to join ‘Kitchener’s Army’. In November 1915 his uncle and aunt received a letter from Robert. In it he stated that he had received a head wound which was serious enough for him to have been brought back to England, specifically the Military Hospital in Stockport. In a subsequent letter he wrote,

“It is nice to be in England and a treat to get away from those guns. I have seen a lot of our Brandon boys killed. They were in the same charge with me. It was awful to see them shot down beside me; it made my blood run cold to see them. We took three of the German trenches.”

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