No.A22427, Private, Arthur BRAYBROOK
Aged 29

8th Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles) Canadian Infantry, CEF
Killed in Action on Saturday, 22nd January 1916

Arthur was a native of Farley Green, his family moved away and he emigrated to Canada- he is not named on the war memorial

Arthur BRAYBROOK was born in Farley Green, Stradishall on 20th March 1886 (Risbridge Q2-1886) son of Harry Goodchild and Kate BRAYBROOK(née WEBB).

1891 census...Aged 5, he was near Three Ashes, Farley Green with his father Harry BRAYBROOK [27] farm labourer; his mother Kate [26]; sisters Nellie [7] and Maryann [2].All were Stradishall born

1901 census...Aged 15 (occupation not legible), he was at Black Horse, Farley Green with his parents (father now publican/farmer.grocer) ; sistersNellie and Maryann and a boarder Joseph Seabrook [79]

His mother died in 1903 and Arthur left UK in 1908, bound for Halifax. At some time his father moved to Exning. The whereabouts of his sisters has not been found, but Nellie married John Robert DOWNES and went to live in Winchmore Hill, London, while Maryann married George Reginald WALTON in London in 1915

1911 census...Aged 25, he was in MacDonald, Manitoba, a groundsman for a telegraph company. His father was boarding at 4 Jockey Club Cottages, Laceys Lane, Exning, a stud hand with Ernest BRAYBROOK [24] a horse labourer, and Elgernnah BRAYBROOK [67] a widow, mother of Ernest.They were Stradishall born according to this census, but the relationship has not yet been worked out.

Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1026 - 52
He attested in Winnipeg on 2nd January 1915, giving his birthplace as Farley Green, age 28 years 10 months, a labourer 5 feet 8 inches (172.7 cm) tall, chest 36" to 39" (91.4 to 99.1 cm), blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England.He gave his next of kin as his father H.Braybrook of 4 Heath Road,Exning, Suffolk.
Initially placed in the 44th Battalion Reinforcements, he sailed from Montreal per SS "Grampion" on 1st June 1915. On arrival in UK he was sent to AShrnecliffe where he joined the 32nd Reserve Battalion, before leaving for the BEF and the 8th Battalion on 16th July 1915, joining his unit in the field on 22nd July 1915

On the 22nd January 1916 his circumstances of death card records "Killed in Action" - This soldier, who was in the front line, had just been relieved from a listening post,and having reached the trench was walking towards his dug-out,when a salvo of shrapnel fire from an enemy battery burst over the trench, killing him instantly He was buried south of Messines at Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery,Ploegsteert 28.T.18.d.35.65. (grave 4:C:1)

The battalion War Diary has not been found, but it appears they were not involved in any attack at the time

His original cemetery was emptied and concentrated to Berks Cemetery Extension in mid 1920

photo: Rodney Gibson

Arthur is now buried in Berk Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium grave 3:B:46

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