Branch. James


Branch. James

Rank: Private

Regiment: 1st Bn Devonshire Regiment

Died: November 20, 1914

Number: 8722

Aged: 24

Son of Mary and the late James Branch of North East St Northam Elder Brother to Wilfred also lost April 23rd 1917

Sid mentioned in the press cutting was Marys eldest son he married his cousin Rose and lived at Vinagar Hill in the 1911 census Mary had moved to Vinegar Hill from Northam by the time of James death in 1914

Press cutting from February 1919 leaves a question, was Wilfred actually killed? The fact that Wilfred is in St Margarets book of remembrance, is on the Northam War memorial (AUG 1920) and is also recorded on the family gravestone indicates he was.

The Picture of the Family is from The Devon and Exeter Gazette April 16th 1915. It reads Mrs Branch of Vinegar Hill Bideford and her soldier sons. Private S Branch is in the 1st Devons, Trooper W Branch Life Guards is a prisoner in Germany, Pte J Branch has died of wounds received in action,and Pte W Branch is with the 1st Devons. (Names are not in picture order)

Sons in Date Order from 1901 census ( Sidney born 1886.) (William H born 1889.) (James born 1890.) (Wilfred born 1895.)

Memorial: Northam

Remembered with honour:

Aldershot Military Cemetery, Northam War Memorial , St Margarets Book of remembrance

Family grave in St Margarets Churchyard Xc 9

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