Born: 4th May 1898, Ipswich.
Died: 2nd December 1917; age 19; KiA – in the field.
Residence: 47, Finchley Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: a Tin Plate Worker.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 30th December 1916; Age: 18 years & 1 month; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft 4 1/4ins.
Embarked – Folkestone 3rd August 1917
Disembarked – Boulogne – 3rd August 1917
Joined Base Field – Camiers – 4th August 1917
Joined 23rd Coy – 6th August 1917.
Offences: 22nd August 1917 – Losing by neglect 2 Ammunition Belts and Losing by neglect 2 Supporting Straps and failing to report same – 7 days Field Punishment No. 1.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 86798.
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 218th Coy.
Formerly 281428, R.A.S.C.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 154 to 159.
Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Eustace & Mary Ann Brame, of 47, Finchley Road, Ipswich.
1901 84, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.
Eustace was 2 years old and living with his parents, sisters & cousin.
Eustace John Brame, 39, a Tin Plate Worker, born Earl Soham, Suffolk.
Mary Ann Brame (nee Whayman), 32, born Charsfield, Suffolk.
Ethel May Brame, 9, born Ipswich.
Roberta Maud Brame, 7, born Ipswich.
Ada Winifred Manning, 19, a Dress Maker, born Newmarket, Suffolk.
1911 47, Finchley Road, Ipswich.
Eustace was 12 years old, attending school and was a part time Newspaper Boy.
Eustace, 49, a Tin Plate Worker.
Mary Ann, 42.
Ethel, 19, a Coat Hand – Clothes Factory.
Roberta, 17, a Coat & Mantle Maker – Draper.
Eustace is also remembered on the St. Nicholas Congregational Church war memorial, once sited at St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.
MACHINE GUN CORPS.
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.
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