Updates & News 2014

We make regular updates and additions to this website, thanks to the many relatives of our soldiers who have shared with us photographs and information.   

Private Albert Fredrick Cutts  (18th May 2014)

We have been so fortunate to be contacted -through this website -by the great niece of 
Private Albert Fredrick Cutts - late of Foljambe Road, Brimington.
 
Helen Chapman’s grandfather – Harry William Cutts and Albert were brothers, and Helen has sent us these photographs of Albert– the first likeness we’ve ever seen of the young soldier - in his uniform. 

Helens grandfather also fought in the First World War serving with the Sherwood Foresters, he returned home, married and had 3 children, and lived in Brimington for the rest of his life. 

 

Helens sister Ruth has kindly sent us this photograph of a silk handkerchief  which Albert sent

 home to his mother as a ‘Souvenir from France’       He wrote on the hankie -

 

 To my dear mother from Albert  May 20th 1917 Sunday (somewhere in France) x x x x'

Corporal 24137  Elijah Garrett -  An incredible find !  June 2014

Judy  who lives in  Australia collects trench art and has  acquired a handmade photo frame inscribed 


‘E.GARRETT 241437’    She found Elijah’s photograph and information on this website and contacted us.
 

She wrote    ‘I was thrilled to find his photo and your obituary on the Brimington memorial site and would like to reproduce both in my book ‘  she  describes the piece   '... the bevelled frame may have originally come from a buckle but there are no joins or protrusions. It may have been beaten into shape over a buckle
 

The item was almost certainly made by our Brimington soldier and according to Judy   ‘….he may have made it in training but I think it was made in France. It’s similar in tools and materials to other pieces from there  although it’s the only photo frame I have. It looks as if armourer’s stamps have been used for the inscription and that’s common

Elijah's name and number can be clearly seen

10th August 2014

On Sunday the 10th August, it was our pleasure to attend the joint commemoration service at Hall Road Methodist Church Brimington which involved most of the churches and chapels in the village.

The service was planned and shared by Rev Daniel Cooke from St Michaels Parish church and Rev Richard Harris, who managed to keep the mood upbeat and hopeful, despite the reverence of the occasion. 

We had managed to locate a number of relatives of the Brimington soldiers, and they were invited to attend too.  It made for a poignant and personal occasion, despite the distance of 100 years
.      

Amongst the guests - we were fortunate and honoured to welcome Mrs Grace Stott. At 96 years old she is the sister-in-law of Brimington’s youngest soldier to die – Private Horace Stott.  


Grace is a remarkable lady - fiercely independent with an incredible memory of the past and present and a lovely sense of humour and it’s our privilege to know her. 

24th August 2014  -  L/Corp Henry Rodgers
 

This is quite possibly a photograph of L/Corp Henry Rodgers.
It was found amongst family photos by the soldiers
great grandson - Peter Rodgers.   And although the image isn’t labelled all the evidence points to it being Henry.

The lady in the photograph could therefore be Henrys wife- Amelia.  It is a wonderful find for us and we are so grateful to Peter for allowing us to see it and use it.   We've visited Henry's grave at Essex Farm cemetery - more times than we have any of our other soldiers, because of its  location so close to Ypres.  We've visited in the depth of winter, in early spring and in the heat of summer. So when we visit again we'll finally know what L/Corp Henry Rodgers looked like.

Photograph by kind permission of  Peter Rodgers

       16th December 2014
 

Serg George Mace 'MM' finally gets his recognition.  We alerted the CWGC to the error some time ago - they have now  confirm that his 'MM' has  been added to his headstone- see copy of their email below

 

              September 2014

           Incredible New Photo !
Our thanks to Anne Goss for sending this remarkable photo- of Brimington Territorials in 1914.  Thought to be taken at a training camp in Nottinghamshire  - almost all of the boys in this photo would have gone to war.

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - email..
Our Ref: 108473  Date: 16 December 2014

Dear Mrs Mullins
Thank you for your reminder e mail of 23 November.   Please accept our apologies for the delay in reply, this is due to the very high volume of enquiries we are receiving now that the 14-18 Centenary is upon us.
With regard to your query, please find attached photographs of the headstone of Sgt Mace, now showing the addition of the Military Medal. Thank you again for your patience in this matter. 
Yours sincerely
 Enquiries Administrator,  Commonwealth War Graves Commission 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX, United Kingdom

Not Forgotten Brimington    Not Forgotten Brimington  

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THIS MONTH
WE ARE REMEMBERING
JUNE 1918

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