Noel Braybrook

Census Address: 7 Stanley Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1896
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Service Numbers: 1881
Place of Death: St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Date Died: June 1980
7 Stanley Street, Stamford

Noel Braybrook

Noel BraybrookNoel Braybrook was born in Stamford in 1896 to William and Elizabeth Braybrook of 7 Stanley Street.
His father was a railway signalman and he had four older brothers, George, Ernest William, Harold, Francis and a sister Mildred Annie. SeeFrancis Braybrook for a family photograph.
Noel worked for Cutting Brothers as a moulder.On May 9th 1913 Noel was attested with the Lincolnshire Regiment, (regimental number 1881).
He embarked with the 4th battalion on March 1st 1915 and landed at Le Havre. On October 17th he received a hand wound when his finger was shot away and was treated in Rouen.
On July 11th he was promoted to Corporal. In January 1917 he had a thigh wound requiring surgery so returned to England on January 18th where he stayed until March 20th.On June 23rd 1918 he was in hospital again in Skegness suffering from influenza. He was discharged from the army in February 1919 and awarded the Star, the British and the Victory medals.
In June 1919 he married Marion Dawson in Stamford and they lived in Ryhall. He was again working as a moulder. He made enquiries about re-joining the Army Reserves and was attested on October 29th 1921 aged 26. The assessment stated that was ‘of very good character and medical fitness for duties if called upon with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He died in St Albans in June 1980.

Amendments and Addenda

All five Brabook brothers served in the war - 2 were killed, 2 taken prisoner - see Francis, Ernest and Harold (see Additional Boys). Noel’s discharge address was 7 Stanley Street.

Ernest William

Ernest born in 1890 was a printer. He joined the 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. He married Christina Doughty, the daughter of George Walker in 1914.

Ernest & Noel

The War Diary for 1/4th Lincs for 6th Jan 1917 records only one incident where there were casualties. They were in the trenches at Fonquevillers (north of Beaumont Hamel on the Somme). The entry states,
"The batallion relieved the 5th Lincs in Y1 sector. … At 11am as no. 3 platoon was proceeding up Crawl Boys Avenue, a 77mm shell hit the side of the trench and killed 3 men also wounding 70 (other) ranks”
So Ernest was killed and Noel wounded on the 6th Jan, whilst both were with the battalion. This is the only incident worthy of mention on the day. The obvious conclusion is the boys were with each other and this was the incident that killed one and wounded the other. Three 1/4th Lincs Regiment men were killed on 6th Jan, EW Braybook, Albert Cash and Harry Enderby, which matches the number killed referred to in the war diary so I think these were the 3 men killed by the 77mm shell. The three rest side by side in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery.
Ernest Braybrook