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George Henry BRAMMER
Sergeant George Henry Brammer
1st Battalion, The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Sergeant George Henry Brammer was born on 11 August 1878. He enlisted into the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 30 April 1892 at Aldershot. His number was 3593 and he retained this number throughout his service. He served with the regiment until 1910 when he received his Long Serviceand Good Conduct Medal.
In the 1911 Census, he is living at 170 Bradford Road North, Fartown, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. His occupation was shown as Tailor’s Presser, a wholesale clothing worker.
In 1914, when the war started, he was living at 1 Stone Terrace, Grange over Sands, Lancashire. He enlisted on 1 December 1914, maybe as a result of the appeal for experienced soldiers. He enlisted as a private and joined the King’s Own again. He was promoted Colour Sergeant on 4 December 1914 and appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major. On 29 January 1915, he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2. He was with the 10 Battalion of the King’s Own which was a unit that trained men and then they were drafted to join units who were overseas: it did not deploy as a battalion itself.
Various changes in battalion titles and army administration took place and WO2 Brammer was with the 43rd Training Reserve Battalion in September 1916, and he remained with them in a training roll, until he transferred to the Essex Regiment and was with the 3rd Battalion from 30 November 1917.
Meanwhile a son had been born in Warton, near Carnforth, Lancashire, Sydney George Brammer, on 25 April 1917. His number with the King’s Own appears to have been 16245 – and then with the Essex Regiment it was 46918, but there is also 45987 shown in one record.
He joined the 7th Battalion of the Essex Regiment and served overseas with them in France and Flanders from 8 June 1918 to 11 November 1918, a total of 157 days. He was home between 11 Nov 1918 and 27 June 1919. He was wounded on 14 October 1918 with a gunshot wound to the left leg but there is also a reference, but no date, to a gunshot wound to the right hand.
The Kendal newspaper, The Westmorland Gazette, mentions that he was admitted to Hospital in early November 1918 and that he was connected to Carnforth, Lancashire.
He was discharged due to wounds on 27 June 1919 and his home address is shown as 89 Market Street, Carnforth, Lancashire, which is about eight miles north of Lancaster.
There is a record that he was awarded the Military Medal, published in the supplement to the London Gazette of 14 May 1919.
He died on 20 June 1944, at Crag Bank, near Carnforth.
Sergeant Brammer was treated at the Highfield Hall Red Cross Hospital, Southampton.
Information courtesy of Peter Donnelly, Curator, King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.