HENRY BRAGG*

Photograph courtesy of David Bragg

image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper

Born: 1873, Burstall, Suffolk.

Baptised: 5th January 1873 – Burstall.

Died: 14th May 1917; age 44; Died of Cardiac Failure in the camp on the night of the 13th/14th May. Served 2 years & 155 days.

Post-Mortem examination held at Courcelles-Le-Comte on the 14th May 1917, at 2pm.

Residence: Whitton, Suffolk. – opposite The Crown Inn.

Employed: Messrs. T. Moy Ltd.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 11th December 1914; Age: 41 years & 4 months; Occupation: Groom; Religion: CofE. Signed up for 3 years. Height: 5ft 3 1/2ins. Tattoo on chest.

Date of Entry Therein: 24th February 1915 – France.

Embarked – Southampton – disembarked – Havre.

 

Rank: Driver; Service Number: T3/029202

Regiment: Army Service Corps, 7th Division Train.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

VI.J.21.

Bucquoy Road Cemetery,

Ficheux,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   Burstall, Suffolk.

 

Henry was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Bragg, 39, a Farm Labourer, born Burstall, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Bragg (nee Garrod), 33, born Burstall.

George Bragg, 14, a Farm Labourer, born Burstall.

Mary Ann Bragg, 13, born Burstall.

Charles Bragg, 6, born Burstall.

Albert Bragg, 4, born Burstall.

Arthur Bragg, 11 months, born Burstall.

 

1891   Alton Green, Holbrook, Suffolk.

 

Henry was 17 years old, a Hay & Straw Binder. He was a visitor at the home of 70 year old, Farm Labourer, William Wombell. Also at the house was William’s 22 year old daughter, Emily Wombell, Henry’s future wife.

 

1901   Barrack Row, Holbrook, Suffolk.

 

Henry was 28 years old, a Horseman on a Farm. He was married and Head of the Household.

Emily, 30.

Annie, 6.

Henry, 4.

Albert, 2.

& cousin Frederick Tricker, 19, a Brickyard Labourer, born Erwarton, Suffolk.

 

1911   Opposite Crown Farm, Whitton, Suffolk.

 

Henry was 39 years old, a Coal Carter – Coal Merchant. He was married and Head of the Household.

Emily, 40.

Henry, 14.

Albert, 12.

Frederick, 6.

 

On the 4th May 1894, at Holbrook, Henry married, Emily Wombell, born 1868, Erwarton, Suffolk. They had 4 children:

Annie Bragg, 1895, Holbrook.

Henry Bragg, 1897, Holbrook.

Albert, 1899, Holbrook.

Frederick Ernest Bragg, born November 1904, Whitton.

 

Henry’s son Albert died during the Second World War, on the 19th January 1945, aged 46. He was ranked a Warrant Officer Class 2, service number 723190, of the Royal Artillery. He was laid to rest at Ipswich Cemetery.

 

Army Service Corps, 7th Division Train: 

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