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Selected Biographies

Branwhite, Brook – Born: Helions Bumpstead, Essex on 26.10.1897.[1]  Parents: William Thomas Branwhite of Long Melford (Police Constable) [see details below] and Mary Ann [née Perry].  Family Connections: Brother to Dudley Branwhite [b1902] and nephew of George Branwhite [b1875], Thomas Branwhite [b1877] and Charles Augustus Branwhite [b1884].  Home: Ivy Ford, Helions Bumpstead, Essex (1901), High Street, Mountnessing, Essex (1911), 8 Watling Way, Park Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire [1924], 1 Station Terrace, St Albans [1925], 9 Elm Gardens, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (1939).[2]  Occupation: Traveller (1939).  Married: Mary ‘Molly’ Keeling [d1975] in 1917 and Barbara Annie Bullock in 1976.  Service Record: Brook is recorded as a Soldier at his marriage in 1917 although the unit is not stated.  He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as No.1439994 in April 1941, holding the rank of Corporal.[3]  Died: St Austell, Cornwall in 1986.

Branwhite, Charles Augustus – Born: Glemsford, Suffolk on 25.3.1884.[4]  Parents: William Charles Branwhite of Long Melford (Iron Fitter) and Rebecca [née Whittle] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Thomas Branwhite [b1867], George Branwhite [b1875] and Thomas Branwhite [b1877]; also, uncle of Brook Branwhite [b1897] and Dudley Branwhite [b1902].  Home: Church Gate, Glemsford, Suffolk (1891 and 1901), 90 Petlaugh, Stowmarket, Suffolk (1911), 2 Skates Hill, Glemsford (1939).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1901), Horseman on Farm (1911 to 1939).  Service Record: Although no definitive military record has been found, Charles may have enlisted as Pte.3/10319 with 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  If this assumption is correct, then he would have been posted to France from 16.1.1915 and received his discharge in 1919.[5]  Died: Newmarket, Suffolk in 1965.

Branwhite, Dudley – Born: Helions Bumpstead, Essex on 20.9.1902.  Parents: William Thomas Branwhite of Long Melford (Police Constable) [see details below] and Mary Ann [née Perry].  Family Connections: Brother to Brook Branwhite [b1897] and nephew of George Branwhite [b1875], Thomas Branwhite [b1877] and Charles Augustus Branwhite [b1884].  Home: High Street, Mountnessing, Essex (1911), 1 Station Terrace, St Albans, Hertfordshire [1924, 1925], Northchurch Common, Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire [1926], 14 Poolsford Road, Collingdale, London [1953], 38 Rating Row, Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales [1969 to 1977].[6]  Occupation: Motor Agent, Garage Owner, and Motor Engineer [1932],[7] Engineer [1951].  Married: Lillian Daisy Gray in 1925.  Service Record: Dudley held the rank of Temporary Sub-Lieutenant with Special Branch, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1942 to 1946.[8]  Died: Ynys Mon, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Wales in 1985.

Branwhite, Eric Reginald – Born: Withindale Mill, Long Melford, Suffolk on 26.5.1895.[9]  Parents Frederick William Branwhite (Master Malt Miller and Merchant) [see details below] and Florence Edith [née Brand] [see details below].  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1894] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901]; also, nephew of Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and cousin of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897].  Home: Withindale Mill, Station Road, Long Melford (1901 and 1911).  Occupation: Stockman [1916].  Service Record: At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in March 1916 Frederick Branwhite who farmed 120 acres in Long Melford applied for exemption on behalf of his brother, who helped tend twenty head of stock.  The application was summarily dismissed.[10]  Eric was conscripted as Rfn.6154 with ‘B’ Company, 1/16th [County of London] Battalion [Queen’s Westminster Rifles], London Regiment, posted to France from 30.7.1916 as part of 169th Brigade, 56th [London] Division.  On 9.9.1916 his unit took part in the Battle of Ginchy, part of the wider Somme Offensive.[11]  Died: Private Branwhite was killed in action the following day when his battalion’s advance was halted by heavy machine gun fire near Leuze Wood.  Eric is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 [grave ref: XXXI.H.11], Somme, France and commemorated on the Long Melford War Memorial.[12]

Branwhite, Mrs Florence Edith [née Brand] – Born: Foxearth, Essex in 1869.  Parents: Thomas Purkiss Brand (Farmer) and Julia [née Chickall].  Family Connections: Mother of Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1893], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901]; also, sister-in-law of John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861], and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865].  Home: Withindale Mill, Long Melford (1901 and 1911), Montpelier, Undercliffe Road, East Felixstowe, Suffolk [1921].  Married: Frederick William Branwhite in 1892.  Service Record: Mrs Branwhite was a member of the Long Melford Women’s Institute from its founding in 1918.  Died: Felixstowe, Suffolk on 24.7.1921.[13]

Branwhite, Fred – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 12.10.1897.[14]  Parents: Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite of Long Melford (Corn Merchant) [see details below] and Minnie [née Read].  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and brother-in-law of Edward Ernest Worrall [b1885]; also, uncle of John Edward Wesney Worrell [b1919], nephew of John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick William Branwhite [b1863] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and cousin of Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1894], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901].  Home: Holgate, Little St Marys, Long Melford [1897], 79 Cricketfield Road, Hackney, London (1901), Grammar School, Earls Colne, Essex (1911), Westways, Spicers Lane, Hall Street, Long Melford (1939) to [1966].  Occupation: Malting’s Manager and Head Air Raid Warden (1939).  Marriage: Mary Ellen ‘Nell’ Pick in 1931.  Service Record: Frederick was possibly conscripted as Pte.18760 with The Buffs [East Kent Regiment].  If this assumption is correct, then he was wounded on 26.6.1918.  Died: West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on 9.7.1966.[15]

Branwhite, Frederick Claude – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 6.12.1893.[16]  Parents: Frederick William Branwhite (Master Malt Miller and Merchant) [see details below] and Florence Edith [née Brand] [see details above].  Family Connections: Brother to Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901]; also, nephew of John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and cousin of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897].  Home: Withindale Mill, Station Road, Long Melford (1901 and 1911), The Rookery, Acton, Suffolk [1916],[17] Stettles Farm, Belchamp Otten, Essex (1939).  Occupation: Farmer (1939).  Married: Dorothy Deeks in 1920.  Service Record: Frederick was a member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.[18]  At the Melford Military Service Tribunal in March 1916 he was given exemption on medical grounds, at the hearing in the following July, this was reappraised and made conditional.[19]  It is not known if Branwhite’s certificate remained valid until the end of hostilities, however no definitive military record has been found to suggest otherwise.  Died: Windsworth St Martin, Looe, Cornwall on 29.11.1974.[20]

Branwhite, Frederick Horace – Born: Kensington, London on 4.9.1890.[21]  Parents: Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite of Long Melford (Corn Merchant) [see details below] and Minnie [née Read].  Family Connections: Brother to Fred Branwhite [b1897] and brother-in-law of Edward Ernest Worrall [b1885]; also, uncle of John Edward Wesney Worrell [b1919], nephew of John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick William Branwhite [b1863] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and cousin of Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1894], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901].  Home: 144 Kennington Park Road, Newington, London (1891), 110 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds (1901), recorded as Horace Branwhite at The Holgate, Little St Marys, Long Melford (1911) to [1915], Bridge House, Long Melford [1925],[22] Melford Road, Rodbridge, Long Melford (1939) to [1972].  Occupation: Clerk (1911), Soldier and Maltster [1916], Corn Merchant and Pig and Poultry Farmer (1939).  Married: Ellen Maud Lingwood in 1916.  Service Record: Frederick was conscripted on 13.9.1916 as Pte.DM2/221150 with the Army Service Corps, issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged due to sickness on 11.3.1918.[23]  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 14.12.1972.[24]

Branwhite, Frederick Wesney Stapleton – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1861.  Parents: Frederick Branwhite (Maltster, Miller, and Farmer) and Julia [née Cross].  Family Connections: Father of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and father-in-law of Edward Ernest Worrall [b1885]; also, brother to John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick William Branwhite [b1863], Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and uncle of Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1894], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901], and brother-in-law of Florence Edith Branwhite [née Bland [b1869].  Home: 144 Kennington Park Road, Newington, London (1891), Fishmongers Arms, 5 St George Road, Southwark, London [1895], The Holgate, Little St Marys, Long Melford, Suffolk (1901) to [1934].  Occupation: Clerk at the Lion Brewery in Lambeth [1887], Innkeeper [1891 to 1895], Corn Merchant (1901) to [1934].  Married: Minnie Read in 1887.  Minnie died in 1900 after eating contaminated oysters.  Service Record: Frederick Wesney Branwhite sat on the Board of Guardians for the Sudbury Union Workhouse, was a Melford Rural District Councillor during the Great War and a member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.  Died: Wesney was fatally injured on 24.9.1934 when he was hit by a train while crossing the railway line.  He is buried in Long Melford, Suffolk.[25]

Branwhite, Frederick William – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 15.5.1863.[26]  Parents: Frederick Branwhite (Maltster, Miller, and Farmer) and Julia [née Cross].  Family Connections: Father of Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1893], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901]; also, brother to John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and uncle of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897].  Home: Hall Street, Long Melford (1871), Chapel House, St Marys Street, Long Melford (1881 and 1891), Withindale Mill, Long Melford (1901) to [1948].  Occupation: Maltster, Miller, and Farmer’s Son (1891), Master Maltster, Miller, and Corn Merchant. (1901 and 1911), Retired Maltster and Miller (1939).  Married: Florence Edith Brand in 1892.  Service Record: Frederick was a founding committee member of the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps in 1915.[27]  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 27.7.1948.[28]

Branwhite, George – Born: Braintree, Essex in 1875.  Parents: William Charles Branwhite of Long Melford (Iron Fitter) and Rebecca [née Whittle] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Thomas Branwhite [b1867], Thomas Branwhite [b1877] and Charles Augustus Branwhite [b1884]; also, uncle of Brook Branwhite [b1897] and Dudley Branwhite [b1902].  Home: Stanstead, Suffolk (1881), Church Gate, Glemsford, Suffolk (1891, 1901).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1901).  Service Record: No definitive military record has been found.

Branwhite, Herbert Charles – Born: Shimpling, Suffolk on 7.10.1870.[29]  Parents: Robert Thomas Branwhite of Long Melford (Manager of a Livery) and Kate Matilda [née Firmin].  Family Connections: Brother to Robert Thomas Branwhite [b1870], Ida Kate Duncan [nee Branwhite [b1872] and Sydney John Branwhite [b1873].  Home: Street Farm, Shimpling, Suffolk (1871), Dean Road, Belchamp Walter, Essex (1881), 126 Notting Hill High Street, Kensington, London [1883], 35 Oriental Road, Canning Town, West Ham, Essex (1901), 155 Church Street, Kensington, London (1911), 31 Hill Lane, Ruislip, Middlesex [1933].  Occupation: Factory Lift Attendant (1901), Shop Assistant (1911).  Service Record: No definitive military record has been found.  Died: Ruislip, Middlesex on 28.3.1933.[30]

Branwhite, Ida Kate see under Duncan

Branwhite, John Cross – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1860.  Parents: Frederick Branwhite (Maltster, Miller, and Farmer) and Julia [née Cross].  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861], Frederick William Branwhite [b1863] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865]; also, uncle of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890], Fred Branwhite [b1897], Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1893], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901], and brother-in-law of Florence Edith Branwhite [née Bland [b1869].  Home: Chapel House, St Marys Street, Long Melford (1861, 1881), Boston, Massachusetts, USA [1885 to 1887], Hall Mill, Long Melford (1891).  Occupation: Maltster (1881), Corn Merchant (1891).  Married: in Boston, Massachusetts to Alice K. Smith in 1887.  Died: from a seizure in Long Melford, Suffolk on 3.9.1894.[31]

Branwhite, Robert Thomas – Born: Shimpling, Suffolk on 7.10.1870.[32]  Parents: Robert Thomas Branwhite of Long Melford (Manager of a Livery) and Kate Matilda [née Firmin].  Family Connections: Brother to Herbert Charles Branwhite [b1870], Ida Kate Duncan [nee Branwhite [b1872] and Sydney John Branwhite [b1873].  Home: Street Farm, Shimpling, Suffolk (1871), Dean Road, Belchamp Walter, Essex (1881), 126 Notting Hill High Street, Kensington, London [1883].  Service Record: No definitive military record has been found.

Branwhite, Sydney John – Born: Shimpling, Suffolk in 1873.  Parents: Robert Thomas Branwhite of Long Melford (Manager of a Livery) and Kate Matilda [née Firmin].  Family Connections: Brother to Robert Thomas Branwhite [b1870], Herbert Charles Branwhite [b1870] and Ida Kate Duncan [nee Branwhite [b1872].  Home: Dean Road, Belchamp Walter, Essex (1881), 126 Notting Hill High Street, Kensington, London [1883], 155 Church Street, Kensington (1911), 31 High Street, Ruislip, Middx [1932].  Occupation: Shop Assistant (1911).  Service Record: No definitive military record has been found.  Died: Amersham, Buckinghamshire in 1941.

Branwhite, Thomas – Born: Braintree, Essex in 1877.  Parents: William Charles Branwhite of Long Melford (Iron Fitter) and Rebecca [née Whittle] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Thomas Branwhite [b1867] George Branwhite [b1875] and Charles Augustus Branwhite [b1884]; also, uncle of Brook Branwhite [b1897] and Dudley Branwhite [b1902].  Home: Stanstead, Suffolk (1881), Church Gate, Glemsford, Suffolk (1891, 1901), Ballingdon Street, Ballingdon, Sudbury, Suffolk (1911).  Occupation: Stationary Engine Driver (1901), Estate Carpenter (1911).  Service Record: No definitive military record has been found.  Died: Maldon, Essex in 1954.

Branwhite, Vernon Harry – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1865.  Parents: Frederick Branwhite (Maltster, Miller, and Farmer) and Julia [née Cross].  Family Connections: Brother to John Cross Branwhite [b1860], Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861], Frederick William Branwhite [b1863] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865]; also, uncle of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890], Fred Branwhite [b1897], Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1893], Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895] and Victor Cross Branwhite [b1901], and brother-in-law of Florence Edith Branwhite [née Bland [b1869].  Home: Hall Street, Long Melford (1871), Chapel House, St Marys Street, Long Melford (1881), emigrated to New South Wales, Australia [1892], 20 Byford Street, Coogee, NSW [1942].  Occupation: Railway Goods Clerk (1881).  Married: Mary Jane Turner.  Service Record: Vernon enlisted with a Light Infantry Regiment in the 1880s and is also thought to have been part of the New South Wales Contingent that was dispatched to Sudan as part of the Suakin Expedition of 1885.[33]  Died: New South Wales, Australia on 13.3.1942.[34]

Branwhite, Victor Cross – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 27.10.1901.[35]  Parents Frederick William Branwhite (Master Malt Miller and Merchant) and Florence Edith [née Brand] [see details of both parents above].  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Claude Branwhite [b1894] and Eric Reginald Branwhite [b1895]; also, nephew of Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite [b1861] and Vernon Harry Branwhite [b1865], and cousin of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897].  Home: Withindale Mill, Station Road, Long Melford (1911), Canada [1924 to 1931],[36] 2 Millstream Road, Bermondsey, London [1932 to 1934], Bardowie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland [1949], Parkhead, Roseath, Scotland [1954], Shandon Cottage, Shandon, Dunbartonshire [1955].  Occupation:  Farmer [1924], Grocer [1934].  Married: Mrs Evelyn Wynn.  Service Record: Victor served as an Engineer on the MV Mersey Coast in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.  In November 1942 he was awarded the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society’s Silver Medal for saving the life of a man who had fallen into a dock in Liverpool during the blackout.[37]

Branwhite, William Thomas – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk in 20.3.1867.[38]  Parents William Charles Branwhite of Long Melford (Iron Fitter) to Rebecca [née Whittle] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Father to Brook Branwhite [b1897] and Dudley Branwhite [b1902]; also, brother of George Branwhite [b1875], Thomas Branwhite [b1877] and Charles Augustus Branwhite [b1884].  Home:]. Hall Street, Long Melford (1871), Stanstead, Suffolk (1881), lodging with Charles Mead at High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex (1891), Ivy Ford, Helions Bumpstead, Essex (1901), High Street, Mountnessing, Essex (1911), Station Terrace, Park Street, Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire [1919], The Bungalow, Northchurch Common, Great Berkhamsted [1926 to 1929], Hope Cottage, Welwyn, Herts [1931],[39] Hurst Lodge, The Drive, Mardley Hill, Welwyn [1939].  Occupation: Shoeing Smith (1891), Police Constable (1901, 1911).  Married: Mary Ann Perry in 1892.  Died: Welwyn, Herts., on 13.8.1939.[40]

Related Biographies

Duncan, Mrs Ida Kate [née Branwhite] – Born: Shimpling, Suffolk on 22.3.1872.[41]  Parents: Robert Thomas Branwhite (Farmer and Miller) and Kate Matilda [née Firmin].  Family Connections: Sister to Robert Thomas Branwhite [b1870], Herbert Charles Branwhite [b1870] and Sydney John Branwhite [b1873]. Home: Bridge House/Lyston Mill, Liston Lane, Long Melford (1911) to [1917], Sloane Cottage, The Green, Long Melford [1925 to 1957].  Occupation: Milliner (1901).  Married: Robert Duncan [Customs and Excise Officer] in 1907.  Service Record: Mrs Duncan was a volunteer with the British Red Cross Society and a member of the Red Cross Working Party in Long Melford from January 1917 to October 1918.[42]  In 1917 she acted as a recruiting canvasser.  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 25.2.1957.[43]

Worrell, Edward ErnestBorn: Sutton Verney, Wiltshire in 1885.  Parent: Thomas Edward Worrell.  Family Connections: Brother-in-law of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897].  Home: The Cave, 7 Woodfield Park Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex [1914], The Knole, Nr Elstree, Hertfordshire [1916].  Marriage: Violet Cross Branwhite of Long Melford in 1916.  Service Record: Edward enlisted as Pte.1565 with 1/1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company, being posted to France from 18.9.1914 to 20.12.1914 as part of 8th Brigade, 3rd Division.  He received a Lieutenant’s commission in 6th [City of London] Battalion, London Regiment [Rifles][44] and in April 1915 he was promoted to Captain, joining 13th [Service] Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.  He saw action during the Somme Offensive of 1916 when under the command of 111th Brigade, 37th Division and was later issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged in March 1919.[45]  Died: Edward suffered for many years from the effects of wounds received while on active service, dying at Scio House Hospital for Officers, Roehampton on 15.9.1931.[46]

Worrell, John Edward WesneyBorn: Rochford, Essex in 1919.  Parent: Edward Ernest Worrell [see detail above] and Violet Cross [née Branwhite].  Family Connections: Nephew of Frederick Horace Branwhite [b1890] and Fred Branwhite [b1897] both of Long Melford.  Home: 20 Field Stile Road, Southwold, Suffolk [1940].  Service Record: John joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a Midshipman in 1936.[47]  Died: killed in action on or around 3.8.1940, while serving as an acting Sub Lieutenant on the submarine HMS Thames.  The vessel is believed to have struck a mine off the Norwegian coast and sunk with the loss of all hands.  John is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial [panel 44, column 1].[48]

Notes – [1] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register. [2] Addresses from the Electoral Roll. [3] Air Member for Personnel and predecessors: Airman’s Records [AIR 78/20/1]. [4] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 29.6.1884, St Marys Church, Glemsford, Suffolk. [5] Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [6] For addresses see Passenger List of 12.6.1953 for the RMS Rangitoto and the Electoral Roll. [7] See notice in the London Gazette 26.2.1932. [8] Peter Singlehurst Navy Lists 1888-1970. [9] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 19.6.1895, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [10] For the Tribunal’s ruling see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 8.3.1916. [11] For details of the action see Queen’s Westminster Rifles War Diary [WO 95/2963/2] and Chris McCarthy, The Somme: The Day-by-Day Account [London: Brockhampton Press, 1998], pp.97-9.  For his military details see his Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [12] Commonwealth War Graves Commission record and British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 file [ref: 379200]. [13] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [14] Date and place of birth taken from the Baptism Register on 4.11.1897 for Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [15] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [16] Date of birth from the Baptism Register 1.1.1894, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [17] For address see Kelly’s Directory for Suffolk 1916. [18] For Training Corps articles see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 10.3.1915 and 29.12.1915. [19] For the Tribunal’s ruling see Suffolk and Essex Free Press 8.3.1916. [20] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [21] Date of birth from Baptism Register 4.11.1891, St Marys Church, Newington, London. [22] For address see Kelly’s Directory for Suffolk 1925. [23] Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: 519333] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372] in the name of Frederick Horace Bramwhite [sic]. [24] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [25] Baptism Register 5.1.1862, St Peter and St Paul Church, Lavenham, Suffolk for confirmation of forenames and parentage.  Address from Post Office Directory 1895.  Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.  My thanks to Roger Balls for the additional information. [26] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Long Melford. [27] See Bury Free Press 20.2.1915 for involvement with the Long Melford Volunteer Training Corps. [28] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [29] Date of birth taken from Admissions Register 12.2.1883 for Fox School, Kensington, London. [30] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [31] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar.  My thanks to Roger Balls for the additional information. [32] Date of birth taken from Admissions Register 12.2.1883 for Fox School, Kensington, London. [33] Military service presumed from photograph supplied by Roger Balls. [34] Date of death confirmed by Trust Notice London Gazette 27.3.1945. [35] Date of birth from his Merchant Navy Record. [36] Passenger List SS Andania for 1.8.1924. [37] Merchant Navy Record [TNA Ref: BT 395/1/9823]. For notice of his bravery award see the Liverpool Echo 20.11.1942.  In 1955 Victor had his property sequestrated by the Sheriff of Dunbarton, Stirling and Clackmannan see the London Gazette 8.11.1955 and the Edinburgh Gazette 20.7.1956. [38] Date of birth taken from the Baptism Register on 5.9.1869 for Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [39] Addresses from the Electoral Roll. [40] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [41] Date of birth from Baptism Register 28.4.1872, St Georges Church, Shimpling, Suffolk. [42] British Red Cross Record Card. [43] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [44] Supplement to the London Gazette 26.6.1916. [45] Silver War Badge [WO 329], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [46] Ex-Officer’s Death Suffolk and Essex Free Press 17.9.1931. [47] Navy Lists for 1937. [48] Photograph courtesy of Roger Balls.

The sons of Frederick Branwhite and Julia née Cross circa 1869 - (L to R) John Cross b1860, Vernon b1865, Frederick Wesney b1861 and Frederick William b1863. (picture by kind permission of Roger Balls)
John Cross Branwhite 1860-1894
Frederick Wesney Branwhite 1861-1934
Vernon Harry Branwhite 1865-1942
Frederick Wesney Branwhite in the 1920s
Frederick Horace Branwhite in the 1970s
The Holgate in Little St Marys, Long Melford in 1900, home of Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite
Chapel House on the corner of Chapel Green and Little St Marys, Long Melford in 1900, home of Frederick William Branwhite

Acknowledgement: I am extremely grateful to Roger Balls for supplying additional information and photgraphes from Frederick Wesney Stapleton Branwhite’s branch of this family.

Research by David Gevaux MA © 2022
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