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Surname: BRAMALL

Forename(s): Henry

Place of Birth: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Service No: 4697

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-07-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. D. 7.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Henry Bramall was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Bramall, née Malkin. Both parents were born at Macclesfield, Cheshire.

1891 Macclesfield, Cheshire Census: 129, Park Lane - Harry Bramall, aged 1 month, son of Joseph and Mary Ann Bramall.

1901 Barrowford, Lancashire Census: 6, Holmefield View - Harry Bramall, aged 10 years, born Macclesfield, Cheshire, son of Joseph and Mary A. Bramall.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 20, Turner Street - Harry Bramall, aged 20 years, born Macclesfield, Cheshire. [Harry, his father Joseph, and brother Walter were boarding with Ellen Firth.]

Henry was married to Maggie Widdup in 1913.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Henry Bramall, 4697, E. Lan. R. Theatre of War first served in: 1 [France]. Date of entry therein: 18.12.14.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Henry Bramall, 4697, 3rd East Lancs.; 1st East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Henry Bramall, 4697, 1/Bn East Lancs. Regt. Date and Place of Death: 9.7.15 in Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Maggie. £4 16s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Henry. Name(s) on card(s): Widow - Maggie, born 5.10.89. Address: 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick, Yks. Children: Nora, born 30.1.14. [Nora married George O'Hara in 1935.]

A short biography of Henry is included in: ‘Barnoldswick – A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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BRAMHALL, H., 1st E.L. Regiment, killed in France, July 9, 1915.


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Private Henry BRAMALL

Private Henry BRAMALL

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: BRAMALL

Forename(s): Henry

Born: Macclesfield, Ches

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Burnley, Lancs

Number: 4697

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 09/07/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BRAMALL

Forename(s): H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 4697

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 09/07/1915

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1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment


On July 6th 1915, the 1st Battalion attacked German trenches from the south end of International Trench, which was a little to the east of the Yser Canal. The objective was to take the German positions 350 yards to the north. The casualties between July 5th and July 9th were 1 Officer and 42 other ranks killed and 6 Officers and 195 other ranks wounded.

[Henry Bramall was killed on the 9th July 1915.]

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23 July 1915


A letter received by the parents of Pte. Walter Smith (Cecil Street) last week-end stated that two Barnoldswick soldiers, Pte. Henry Bramall and Pte. Rd. Duerden had been killed. Pte. Bramall is a married man whose wife resides at 7, Queen Street, but no confirmation of the sad news had been received up to yesterday (Thursday) morning. Duerdon was a Blackburn reservist working in Barnoldswick at the outbreak of war.

Pte. Thomas Edward Heyworth, of the 2nd King's Own Lancaster Regiment, is lying in a precarious condition at the County of London Hospital, Epsom, suffering from wounds received at St. Eloi on the 8th inst. He was only married at Easter, and his wife resides at 28, Colin Street, Barnoldswick. She went to see him on Monday and found him unconscious. He had been shot in the right elbow and the forearm had been amputated, but news came yesterday that it had been found necessary to take off the entire limb in order to save his life. His brother, Pte. Hy Heyworth of the 1st Border Regiment was wounded in France, and after being home to Barnoldswick on furlough has now gone to the Dardanelles.
The parents reside at 23, Wellington Street.

Pte. John Bland, of the 3rd Duke of Wellington's, brother of Mrs. Peace, Melville Avenue, has been reported missing since the 5th of May.

13 August 1915

BRAMALL - Killed in action in France, July 9th, Pte. Harry Bramall, 1st East Lancashire Regiment.- From his Wife and Child, 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick.

20 August 1915


The above is a portrait of Pte. H. Bramall, of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action in France on July 9th. In his last letter to his wife at 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick, he said they were in an awful place, and were being shelled day and night. He added, "They don't know half of what we are going through in England." The widow and family have received a letter signed by Lord Kitchener conveying "the true sympathy of His Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow."

07 July 1916

BRAMALL - In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. H. Bramall, killed at Ypres, July 9, 1915.

Sad thoughts they linger round my heart,
While tears they often flow,
And to that sad and silent grave
My thoughts they often go.

From his Wife and Child 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick.

20 October 1916


A few days ago Mrs. H. Bramall, 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick, experienced a surprise at receiving by post from France a small parcel addressed in a well-known hand, containing two small empty toffee tins, such as are regularly sent out to men at the Front. Inside one of the tins were two letters, one from her husband, Pte. H. Bramall (East Lancashires) who was killed in July, 1915, and the other from Pte. Vincent Eccleston, of the same regiment, who met a similar fate a month earlier. The date on the Field Postmark is indecipherable, but both letters (which are also undated) were addressed from the base at Le Havre before either of the writers went up to the firing line in January 1915. Wherever the parcel had lain during the long interval - whether 'Somewhere in France' or in England - will probably never be known, but it reached its destination in a state of good preservation.

06 July 1917

BRAMALL - In loving memory of my dear husband, Private H. Bramall, killed in action in France, July 9th 1915.

There is a link that death cannot sever -
Love and remembrance last forever.

From his Wife and Child, 7, Queen Street, Barnoldswick.

12 July 1918

BRAMALL - In loving memory of my dear husband, Private H. Bramall, 1st East Lancs. Regiment, killed in action July 9th, 1915.

"Hearts that loved him never forget."

From his Wife and Child, 1 Queen Street, Barnoldswick.

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23 July 1915


Private Walter Smith of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, writing to relatives in Cecil Street, Barnoldswick, tells of the death of two of his comrades. One of the men who he states is said to have been killed is Private Richard Duerden, a native of Blackburn, who lodged in Barnoldswick, and had been employed with the local industry. Private Duerden is alleged to have been shot.

The other casualty is reported to be that of Private Henry Bramall, also of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment. The manner of his death is not stated. The War Office has made no official communication respecting these two local soldiers.

24 December 1915


Pte. H. Bramall, 1st East Lancashire Regiment, killed in France July 9th. Left a widow.

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