BRETT, James Alfred

No.15750, Private, Alfred BRETT
Aged 21

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 9th August 1916

James Alfred Brett was born in Hundon on the 18th January 1895 (Risbridge Q1-1895 4A:764), son of James and Mary Ann BRETT (née BOWERS). He would have usually been known as Alfred to avoid confusion with his father James.

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at Clock Hall Farm, Hundon with his father James BRETT [32] farm labourer born Hundon; his mother Mary Ann [30] born Hundon; brothers Ernest [4] born Kedington and John [9 months] born Hundon; sister Elsie E [2] born Kedington.

1911 census...Aged 16, a farm labourer, he was at Sim's Farm, Kedington with his parents; brothers Ernest Cecil (farm labourer), John, Thomas Edward [8], Frederick Percy [7], Bertie Charles [5], William Victor [3]; sisters Elsie Elizabeth and Frances Susannah [1]. His mother and brother John were born un Hundon, the rest were all born in Kedington. One of the 10 siblings had died.

CWGC have the family address as Brickwall Cottages, Hundon

His brother Ernest Cecil was killed serving in France in the Suffolk Regiment in 1916 see here

He enlisted in Haverhill.

from Lt Col Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment:
"The 7th Suffolks took over trenches west of Pozières on 3rd August. On the 8th the Germans captured about 80 yards of Ration Trench but that evening the Battalion retook it and gained an additional 200 yards.
The CWGC records that the battalion lost 50 killed on the 9th August 1916, only 7 having identified graves.

James Alfred Brett is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, pier and face 1C/2A
and on Hundon Memorial.

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