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.
Pas de Calais,
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.
& 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.
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.
A letter home:
5Th April 1918
Dearest Mum Just a few lines hoping they will find you all in the best of health. As I am glad to say I am keeping all bright (sic) up to the present. I have not had a letter from you or Annie for several weeks now, so you can guess I am anxiously waiting for one. I have been thinking a lot about brother Harry lately and wondering how he is getting on in this latest set to. I should think it must be two months since I had a letter from him. The only letter I have had lately was from Mrs. Atkins, Luton. She sent me some more cigs. I think it is very good of her. I wish I could send her some of these oranges that are still hanging on the trees and beginning to waste. The weather out here is lovely now. All the vines in the vineyards are getting green leaves on & the almond trees are hanging heavy with nuts, & the air is full with the smell of the orange blossom. Don’t you think our lads are doing excellent in France. I have often thought this last day or two how lucky we are not to be there. Have Annie Tricker heard from Fred. We have got a lot of RMC men with us now, sent for gunners, but I do not think they will do that where Harry is. I can tell you I shouldn’t care to be in that lot after what I saw the 26 March last year. It was a sight I do not think I shall ever forget as long as I live. Nothing I felt more than to hear the poor wounded screaming and yelling for their poor mothers, but still it all comes in this game. Do you ever see anything of Hatty, I have been wondering if he has been called up as I haven’t heard from him for a long time. Did you get that money I sent ? I should think it has been long enough now. Well Mum I think I have written all I can this time so I will close. Hoping to hear from Home very soon. With tons of love and kisses to all at home. I remain Your Ever-loving Son Albert XXXXXXXXXX PS. Remember me to all Friends. On the back was written “ A rose of Sharon picked on the real plains of Shaar-on “ and the remains of the flower still exist, preserved by my paternal grandmother Emily Wombell and then by my mother.
In 1921, Ipswich, Albert married Louisa Maud Mehaffey, born December 1896, Chatham, Kent. They had 2 children.
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.
Henry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary & St. Botolph Church, Whitton-cum-Thurleston, Suffolk.